August 3, 2018
Posted by: David Sands
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that two-thirds of 2017 high school graduates are enrolled in a higher education degree program. Deciding which college to attend can be overwhelming. Not only are you choosing your career path as a teenager, but you’re also putting thousands of dollars into this decision. If you’re considering the Environmental Studies degree program at UMFK, here are some things to know.
Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines concepts from numerous fields. The environment is a topic of concern in disciplines as diverse as biology, geology, entrepreneurship and public policy. Our Environmental Studies program provides a framework for studying human-ecosystem interaction through an environmental lens.
Whether the issue is deciding whether to recycle or identifying the most cost-effective way to adhere to environmental regulations, every agency, business and institution faces environmental challenges. Our Environmental Studies program will teach you how humans relate to the environment around them and how environmental crises can be mitigated using technology and science.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies is a degree program that combines classroom learning with outdoor experience. This program is centered around environmental issues that affect small towns, rural areas and wildlands. With this program, students will learn general principles of ecological systems (components, processes and interrelationships) and the interactions that exist between human civilizations and natural ecosystems in the global environment.
Our curriculum emphasizes coursework in human-environment interactions and terrestrial ecology. Program requirements include:
The Environmental Studies degree program is purposely broad so you can pursue the topics that interest you most. We offer many specialized concentrations, including:
All Environmental Studies students are expected to participate in a Field Experience Program as part of their curriculum. This portion of the degree involves experiential learning activities through short field trips to local areas and multi-day trips across the U.S. This sets the foundation for capstone research done in the final year of study.
The opportunity to practice independent research is vital in helping students prepare for graduate study or future careers. Students in the Environmental Studies program also benefit from working one-on-one with faculty and participating in mentorship opportunities.
As awareness for environmental issues grows and ecological impact is more frequently considered in all aspects of government, business and daily life, the need for people knowledgeable in this specialty grows as well. Typical careers for Environmental Studies graduates focus on the conservation, protection and use of natural resources. Potential employers include:
The University of Maine at Fort Kent is known for its tightknit campus and supportive faculty. In addition to having lower-than-average tuition, we are here to help tailor your education plan for success. We are ranked as one of the top 10 Best Colleges in Maine for both online and in-person curriculum. Apply online now!