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B.S. in Environmental Science

A female student holds a baby bird in a grassy fieldProgram Overview

On UNE’s unique coastal Maine campus, you’ll be reminded every day of the importance of your education as an Environmental Science major. With a 540-acre natural wonderland for you to explore, our program combines natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to teach you about conservation, preservation, and restoration of ecosystems; environmental and economic sustainability; and climate change. From the oceans to the forests, riverbanks, and marshes, our campus is your living laboratory for studying the science you’ll need in your professional quest to address the health of our planet.


Why UNE for Environmental Science

A diverse array of on-campus habitats, including dunes, wetlands, 363 acres of deciduous and coniferous forest, a mile of coastline, and our University-owned island, are home to flora and fauna that provide almost limitless opportunities for research and fieldwork.

  • Hands-on, problem-based learning with strong local applications
  • First-year interdisciplinary Green Learning Community
  • Opportunities to gain professional skills by working collaboratively with partner organizations on conservation projects in southern Maine
  • Local, national, and international internships
  • Senior capstone project

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Careers

Through coursework, research, and internships, you’ll acquire the knowledge as well as the analytical, communication, and life skills you’ll need for a career in the growing environmental science field.

As an Environmental Science major, you may pursue a number of rewarding professions, such as:

  • Ecologist
  • Forest Ranger
  • Air and Water Quality Manager
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Environmental Scientist

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.

  • 93%

    of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

  • #1

    in Maine for getting a job (Zippia, 2019)


Academics

There are many ways you can navigate this major. We even have a 4+1 B.S./M.S. track that lets you complete your undergraduate and master’s degrees in just five years.

EXAMPLES OF AVAILABLE COURSES

The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take as an Environmental Science major:

  • Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions
  • Conservation and Preservation
  • Advanced Field Methods in Avian Ecology and Conservation
  • Sustainability and Ecological Restoration
  • Ecological Monitoring
  • Wetland Conservation & Ecology

 

Secondary Teaching Certification

If you are interested in becoming a middle school or high school science teacher, you may select the necessary courses in secondary education as electives, and complete the teaching internship required to qualify for State of Maine certification (grades 7–12) upon graduation.

To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.


Meet our Faculty and Professional Staff


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Experiential Learning

Whether you’re knee deep in a vernal pool, collecting data in a salt marsh, or advocating for environmental protection, UNE’s Environmental Science major emphasizes learning by doing. Come get your hands dirty and your feet wet.

Research

No matter what your interests are -- examining the ecology of the tidal marshes in our own backyard, studying gulls that nest on roof-tops in nearby Portland, or working with Kenyan partners on community conservation projects -- there is always a variety of faculty research for you to participate in.

Internships

By completing local, national, and global internships, you’ll apply what you learn in class to real-life situations while getting on-the-job experience and networking in your field. Our graduates have interned at sites that include:

  • Acadia National Park
  • American Chestnut Foundation
  • Biodiversity Research Institute
  • Friends of Casco Bay
  • Environmental Health Strategy Center
  • UNE Department of Environmental Health and Safety

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office Environmental Science contact Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or csimon@une.edu.


A group of students works outside in Kenya alongside local KenyansGlobal Education

See the world

Caring for the planet is an extension of knowing the planet. Explore the four corners of the world by taking part in UNE’s Global Education Programs. Travel courses will take you snorkeling in the lagoons of Belize, working on an organic farming co-op in Cuba, ziplining through the rainforests of Costa Rica, or getting up close and personal with tortoises, penguins, and iguanas on the Galapagos Islands. Other destinations include Kenya, Mexico, and Cuba. If you’re interested in a semester-long immersion experience, we offer programs in Spain, Iceland, and Morocco.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.