About the Program

As an Environmental Studies student at UMFK, you’ll benefit from hands-on learning, supportive and knowledgeable faculty as you prepare for careers to address local, regional, and global environmental issues. Opportunities to participate in research with faculty or on your own abound in our Living Labs!

You have the option of pairing your degree with a minor or with a Self-Designed concentration.

Program Details

Dive deeper into UMFK’s Bachelor of Science in environmental science program.

Environmental Studies Minor

Examine current environmental issues and prepare to craft sustainable solutions.


Customize your environmental studies degree to match your career goals with the self-designed concentration.


Design your program around individual interests in the natural or social science aspects of environmental studies.

Employers who have hired our graduates include:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Mt. Desert Island Bio Labs
  • Natural Heritage program
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Park Service
iWillConservation Law

Potential employers include:

  • State agencies
  • Federal agencies
  • Public research labs
  • Universities or non-profit labs

Graduates have careers as:

  • Lab technicians
  • Forest rangers
  • GIS technicians
  • Fisheries technicians
  • Environmental Consultants

Career Outlook and Earning Potential

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Potential Occupations and Employment Outlook

Program Requirements

  • HUM 102: First Year Experience
  • BIO 121: General Biology II
  • BIO 202: Botany
  • BIO 204: Zoology
  • BIO 339: Research Methods & Techniques
  • BIO 352: Ecology
  • CHY 100: Chemistry I
  • CHY 101: Chemistry II
  • ENV 105: Wilderness Survival Concepts I
  • ENV 114: Reimagining Environmentalism
  • ENV 200: Principles of Environmental Science
  • ENV 341: Modern Humanity and the Environment
  • ENV 404: The Dynamics of Water and Air
  • BIO 498: Senior Project   OR
    ENV 300: Environmental Practicum   OR 
    Completion of Registered Maine Guides
  • Select one of the following four courses:
    ENG 318: American Nature Writing
    ENV 125: Wildlife Photography
    GEO 103: Introduction to Global Positioning Systems
    PSA 230: Wilderness First Aid

Required Support Courses

  • BIO 100: General Biology I
  • ECO 210: Environmental Economics
  • GIS 300: GIS Applications I
  • MAT 351: Statistics I

Violette Wilderness Camp

Among the facilities students have access to


Students who complete a research project before graduating

Department of Environmental Quality/Protection

An example of where our graduates work today

Next Steps

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