Nursing

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About the Program

As a Nursing student at UMFK, you’ll benefit from amazing faculty, hands-on learning, and high-tech simulation labs as you prepare for a career in helping others! A rigorous and competitive program, you will never have a dull moment with this program of study!

Program Details

With a focus on patient-centered care, UMFK’s nursing program gives you the tools and expertise to provide holistic, compassionate, comprehensive healthcare to your patients.

CCNE AccreditedThe nursing program at UMFK is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Tracks

Our nursing program offers several tracks to meet your educational and professional needs.

Coming Fall 2024! Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Our Doctorate of Nursing Practice represents the highest level of clinical nursing education. If you are ready to take your career to another level, we will prepare you with the advanced practice and leadership skills you need to get there.

Accelerated BSN

Already have a bachelor’s degree?  Looking to change careers? This is your pathway to getting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at UMFK!

Online RN to BSN

Are you a Registered Nurse (RN) looking to advance your career? Get your Bachelor of Science in Nursing online with this pathway. Courses are offered every 7 weeks.

LPN to BSN

Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) wanting to further your education? Our LPN to BSN track considers your prior learning, shortening the time needed to complete your degree!

Traditional BSN

Passionate about helping others? The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program will prepare you for a valuable career you can take anywhere!

Online MSN

This option is ideal for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and wish to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

RN to MSN Bridge Program

Are you a Registered Nurse (RN) with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree? Our RN to MSN bridge program allows you to receive your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) without needing a BSN!

Employers who have hired our graduates include:

  • Northern Maine Medical Center
  • Cary Medical Center
  • Northern Light Health
  • Aroostook Home Health
  • Acadia Hospital
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Maine Health
  • Maine General Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General
  • Visiting Nurses
Nursing Students

Potential employers include:

  • Hospitals
  • Long term care facilities
  • K-12 schools
  • Home health care
  • Insurance companies

Graduates have careers as:

  • Adult Health
  • Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing Administration
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Maternal/Obstetrical Nursing

Career Outlook and Earning Potential

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Potential Occupations and Employment Outlook

Job CodeJob Title
29-1141.00Registered Nurses

Program Requirements (Traditional)

  • NUR 101: Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • NUR 102: Foundations of Professional Nursing II
  • NUR 201L: Fundamentals of Nursing Lab I
  • NUR 202L: Fundamentals of Nursing Lab II  OR  NUR 212L: Fundamentals of Nursing Skills Lab
  • NUR 205L: Clinical Preparation Lab
  • NUR 245: Clinical Judgment and Reasoning
  • NUR 301: Promoting Healthy Communities
  • NUR 302: Pharmacology
  • NUR 309: Total Health Assessment
  • NUR 309L: Holistic Health Assessment Lab
    NUR 330: Adult Health I: Caring for Individuals/Families with Acute Alterations in Health
  • NUR 330L: Adult Health I Lab
  • NUR 335: Family Health I – Maternal/Infant
  • NUR 360: Adult Health II: Caring for Individuals/Families with Chronic Alterations in Health
  • NUR 360L: Adult Health II: Caring For Individuals/Families With Chronic Alterations In Health Lab
  • NUR 365: Family Health II: Pediatrics
  • NUR 380: Transcultural Care In Nursing  OR
    NUR 384: Global Health & Humanitarianism
  • NUR 386: Health Care Policy
  • NUR 401: Health Related Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 407: Leadership and Management in Healthcare
  • NUR 425: Adult Health III: Caring For Individuals/Families With Complex Alterations In Health
  • NUR 425L: Adult Health III: Caring For Individuals/Families With Complex Alterations In Health Lab
  • NUR 452: Mental Health Nursing
  • NUR 497C: Senior Preceptorship Practicum

Required Support Courses

  • BIO 220: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 221: Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 353: General Microbiology
  • BIO 353L: General Microbiology Lab
  • BIO 401: Pathophysiology
  • CHY 100: Chemistry I
  • MAT 251: Statistics I
  • PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 308: Life Span Human Development

Nursing Simulations Labs

Among the facilities students have access to

Quality

Accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing

Maine General Hospital

An example of where our graduates work today

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History & Political Science

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About the Program

As a History and Political Science student at UMFK, you’ll take classes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. You will benefit from small classes, supportive faculty, and hands-on learning as you prepare for the career you want!

Program Details

Dive deeper into the history/political science program.

Meet the Faculty

Get to know our professors.

Concentrations

Customize your history/political science degree to match your career goals with one of these concentrations.

History

History is recognized as excellent training for many professions, including law and public service, policy-making in business and government, teaching and academics, and medicine. You will develop  skills in research, analytic and critical thought.

Political Science

Students will be prepared for graduate-level study in social science or professional fields, as well as for careers requiring the ability to master a substantial field of knowledge, research issues credibly, and write effectively.

Graduates have careers as:

  • Historian
  • Political scientist
  • Social studies educator
  • Politician
  • Consultant
  • Congressional aide
  • Information specialist
  • Cultural resources specialist
  • Historic preservationist
  • Archivist
John L Martin

Career Outlook and Earning Potential

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Potential Occupations and Employment Outlook

Program Requirements

History Core Requirements

  • HTY 115 – World Civilization I
  • HTY 116 – World Civilization II
  • HTY 161 – United States History I
  • HTY 162 – United States History II
  • Upper Level  History Elective (United States)
  • Upper Level History Elective (non-Western)
  • Upper Level History Elective (pre-Modern)

Political Science Core Requirements

  • POS 101 – American Government
  • POS 493 – Political Science Capstone Seminar
  • Complete either the foreign language or math sequence
  • Select 1 International Relations course
  • Select 1 Political Theory course
  • Select 1 Comparative Politics course
  • Select 1 American Government course

4 Political Science Areas

American Government, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.

16:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

4 Career Skills

Analytic and Critical Thinking, Research and Argumentative Writing

History / Political Science Spotlight

Meet the faculty and students who make this program so successful.

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Associate of Arts

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About the Program

The Associate of Arts (AA) degrees are two-year programs emphasizing the development of general knowledge for students preparing for a variety of careers.

You have the option of pairing your degree with a minor.

Program Details

The Associate of Arts degree programs are career-oriented moving you right into a job or allowing you to easily move on to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Associate Degree Options

UMFK offers a variety of programs to match your career goals.

Behavioral Science

Prepare for a career in helping others.

Business

Acquire a broad base from learning from which to leap!

Computer Science

Dabble in computer science to diversify yourself to employers.

Conservation Law Enforcement

Protect your community!

Criminal Justice

Protect justice and equality.

General Studies

Pursue specific interests.

Human Services

Prepare for a career in caring for others.

Diverse Experience

27 countries represented on campus

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Career Focused Concentrations

Acadia Federal Credit Union

An example of where our graduates work today

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Education

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About the Program

As an Education student at UMFK, you’ll take classes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. You’ll have opportunities to work in classrooms throughout the County.

Program Details

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Meet the Faculty

Get to know our professors.

Graduates have careers as:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school/junior high school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Early Childhood specialist
  • Art teacher
  • Language arts teacher
  • Physical education teacher
  • Special education paraprofessional
Student Reading

Career Outlook and Earning Potential

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Potential Occupations

Program Requirements (Elementary Education)

  • EDU 152 – Introduction to Education
  • EDU 153 – Social Foundations of Education in a Diverse World
  • EDU 210 – Introduction to Pedagogy
  • EDU 261 – Educational Technology in the Classroom
  • EDU 287 – Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Classrooms
  • EDU 302 – Teaching & Learning in a Proficiency-Based System
  • EDU 305 – Designing and Maintaining Effective Learning Environments
  • EDU 351 – Teaching Elementary Reading
  • EDU 357 – Children’s Literature
  • EDU 361 – Teaching Science in the Elementary School
  • EDU 366 – Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • EDU 371 – Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • EDU 376 – Integrating Health and Physical Education into the Elementary Classroom
  • EDU 395 – Practicum in Education
  • EDU 495 – Student Teaching

Program Requirements (Secondary Education)

  • EDU 152 – Introduction to Education
  • EDU 153 – Social Foundations of Education in a Diverse World
  • EDU 210 – Introduction to Pedagogy
  • EDU 261 – Educational Technology in the Classroom
  • EDU 287 – Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Classrooms
  • EDU 302 – Teaching & Learning in a Proficiency-Based System
  • EDU 305 – Designing and Maintaining Effective Learning Environments
  • EDU 349 – Secondary Methods of Instruction in English
  • EDU 364 – Content-Area Literacy
  • EDU 395 – Practicum in Education
  • EDU 495 – Student Teaching

Articulations Agreements

Providing greater educational access and learning opportunities

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Concentrations offered for Elementary and Secondary Education majors

Professional Development School (PDS)

Year long internship , research projects, collaborative activities across curriculum content areas, and a shared governance system.

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Behavioral Science

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About the Program

As a Behavioral Science student at UMFK, you’ll benefit from faculty who are work in the field, enjoy small classes, and have hands-on learning that prepares you for the career you want. Many of our graduates enter the field in jobs doing social work, counseling and other roles, often times receiving jobs offers from your internship site. There is also an active Behavioral Science Club that does service-learning trips with opportunities to network with professionals in the field.

You have the option of pairing your degree with a minor or with one of our two concentrations that lead to much needed licenses and credentials in the field.

Behavioral Science Program

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science program is designed for students interested in careers in the Behavioral Health field and for advanced study in fields such as Psychology, Social Work and Counseling.  Hands-on experience, job shadowing, participation in service and experiential learning projects, and internships are core elements that set our program apart.

Concentrations

Customize your Behavioral Science degree to match your career goals with one of these concentrations.

MHRT/C Certificate Concentration

Prepare for a career in mental health rehabilitation with a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Certification, a State of Maine certification.

Substance Abuse Counseling

Help those who struggle by pursuing a concentration in substance abuse counseling.

Behavioral Science, AA

The Associate of Arts in Behavioral Science will provide you with a sound liberal arts foundation with the fundamentals of anthropology, psychology, and sociology.

Human Services, AA

The Associate of Arts in Human Services will prepare you for work in the behavioral health field, meeting the requirements for certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician – Community (MHRT/C).

Behavioral Science, Minor

The Behavioral Science minor will provide you with a foundation in behavioral health science that enables you to increase your understanding of individual and group behavior.

Online Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community (MHRT/C) Certificate

The MHRT/C certification prepares students to provide services to adults with serious mental illness. Many careers within the behavioral health field require the MHRT/C certification. The content and skills covered in the MHRT/C curriculum also transfer to other roles/populations in the behavioral health field.

Employers who have hired our graduates include:

  • Maine Department of Health and Human Services
  • Northern Maine Medical Center
  • Life by Design
  • Aroostook Mental Health Center
  • Melmark
  • Northern Maine General
  • Northern Light Acadia Hospital
  • Aroostook County Action Program
  • Community Care
  • Madawaska School Department
  • Spurwink
UMFK Behavioral Science students at NMMC

Potential employers include:

  • Northern Lighthouse
  • Wings for Children and Families
  • Catholic Charities Maine
  • Maine Family Planning
  • Maine Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Child Development Services
  • Community Health and Counseling
  • Hope and Justice Project
  • Sweetser
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • TRIO Programs
  • University of Maine System

License and certification opportunities include:

  • Conditional Social Work License (LSWX)
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community Certification (MHRT/C)

Graduates have careers as:

  • Adult & Child Case Manager
  • Community Integration Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Therapist/Counselor (Advanced Study)
  • Family Support Counselor
  • Crisis Counselor
  • TRIO Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Social Worker Academic Counselor/Advisor
  • Foster Care
  • Program Administration/Coordinator Advocate

Career Outlook and Earning Potential

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Potential Occupations and Employment Outlook

Program Requirements

  • PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 110: Introduction to Human Services & Community Mental Health
  • PSY 232: Trauma and Resiliency
  • PSY 270: Case Management
  • PSY 308: Life Span Human Development
  • PSY 332: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • SSC 340: Research Methods
  • PSY 360: Social Psychology
  • PSY 362: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 497: Community Behavioral Health Internship OR
  • SSC 440: Research Methods and Theory Seminar (Capstone I) AND
    SSC 441: Senior Research in Social Sciences (Capstone II)

Required Support Courses and Additional Credits

  • SSC 241: Writing and Critical Analysis in the Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • MAT 251: Statistics I

18 Additional credits required through one of the following 3 options:

  1. Complete Behavioral Health MHRT-C Concentration
  2. Complete Substance Abuse Counseling Concentration
  3. Complete a Minor (other than Behavioral Science)

Maine Department of Health and Human Services

An example of where our graduates work today

100%

Students who complete internships before graduating

1:16

Faculty to Student Ratio

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Arts and Sciences

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About the Program

As an Arts & Sciences student at UMFK, you’ll benefit from small classes, supportive faculty, and hands-on learning as you prepare for the career you want! Opportunities to create your own minor and experience classes that you prefer make this degree program perfect for the self-starter!

You have the option of pairing your degree with a minor or with one of our three concentrations.

Arts and Science Program

Dive deeper into UMFK’s Bachelor of Arts and Science program.

Arctic Studies Certificate

Earn a certificate in Arctic Studies.

Concentrations

Customize your arts and sciences degree to match your career goals with one of these concentrations.

Allied Health

Prepare for a career in healthcare administration and more.

General Studies

Broaden your horizons with a concentration in general studies!

Self-Designed

Customize your studies to what you are passionate about.

Minors

Pursue a minor to gain additional specialized skills to attract an employer or pursue an area of interest.

Arctic Studies

Learn about the economics, business, governance, environment, culture, and sustainability of the Arctic.

English

Develop communication and analytical skills; broaden you knowledge of literature, writing, or editing as a complement to your major.

Self-Design

Create you own minor by selecting courses around a broad theme or question. You will work on original research or a creative work.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of 120 semester hours of credit.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  3. Completion of at least 45 semester hours of upper level credits (course numbers 300 and above) and in each of which the student shall have earned the grade of “C” or better.
  4. Completion of General Education Requirements
  5. At least 30 semester hours must be completed at the University of Maine at Fort Kent or through UMFK programs.

First Mile

Mile Marker for US ROUTE 1. US Route 1 is 2,369 miles long. The northern terminus begins in Fort Kent, Maine and ends in Key West, Florida

1:16

Faculty to student ratio

French and English

UMFK is a bilingual campus.

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Criminal Justice

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About the Program

In UMFK’s criminal justice program, you’ll prepare for entry-level positions in local, state, and federal law enforcement and criminal justice. With a focus on ethical and critical thinking, courses are taught by professionals with decades of experience in the field. Much of what you learn will be put to the test in real-world learning environments, including a required internship.

Officer Jess Combs speaks with dispatch over her cruiser's CB radio

Criminal Justice – Bachelor of Science

Gain the knowledge and skills you need for employment and advancement in a multitude of public safety professions including police officers, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies, game wardens, customs and border protection, corrections, emergency management and many others with the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice – Associate of Arts

Earn an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice online or on campus for employment or advancement in the criminal justice system and with various law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, regional, and local levels. This degree may be used as a gateway to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Program Requirements

  • CRJ 100: Criminology
  • CRJ 101: Introduction to Criminal Law
  • CRJ 105: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 108: Constitutional Law
  • CRJ 215: Principles of Investigations
  • CRJ 326: Introduction to Forensic Science
  • PSA 100: Introduction to Public Safety Administration
  • PSA 221: Ethics And Community
  • PSA 310: Introduction to Public Management
  • PSA 311: Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • PSA 315: Public Policy
  • PSA 319: Interviewing Concepts in Modern Policing
  • PSA 322: Terrorism
  • PSA 333: National Incident Management Systems
  • PSA 397: Public Safety Internship
  • PSA 419: Case Preparation & Resolution
  • PSY 334: Crisis Identification & Intervention
  • PSY 362: Abnormal Psychology

Forensic Science Minor

Students take at least three forensic science courses, with the option of earning a minor in forensics. In addition, you’ll benefit from real-world learning in the form of mock trial prep, interviews, and crime scene investigations.

Criminal Justice Minor

The Criminology Minor allows the student to explore the legal, social, and practical aspects of the criminal justice field.

Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice

Graduates have careers as:

  • Game Warden
  • Conservation Law Officer
  • Marine Patrol
  • State Trooper
  • Sheriff Deputy
  • Police Officer
  • Chief of Police
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Customs and Border Officer

Employers who have hired our graduates in recent years include:

  • Maine Warden Service
  • Maine Forest Rangers
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Maine Department of Conservation
  • Fish & Game
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Bureau of Parks and Lands
  • Maine State Police
  • Local Police Departments (various)

Career outlook and earning potential

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Potential Occupations and Employment Outlook

7 Career Oriented Outcomes

Professionalism, Safety, Practitioner, Critical Thinker, Communicator, Leader, Teamwork, Advocacy

Federal Bureau of Prisons

An example of where our graduates work

Bureau of Parks and Land

One of our many internship opportunities

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Business Management

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About the Program

Study business at UMFK and prepare for a career in management, entrepreneurship, finance, and more. We offer an associate’s and bachelor’s degree with a with a self-design concentration. There’s also an online degree completion option for students with at least 60 credits from another college or university.

Business Management

The Bachelor of Science in Business Management program prepares students for careers in business. The objectives of the program are that the graduate will be a knowledgeable, proficient, well-rounded, professional person who is literate, numerate, and analytical; this person will be appreciative of the arts and sciences as well as possess skills in interpersonal communication and leadership.

Concentrations

You can design your own concentration.

Students will design an independent concentration based on their career interests and goals in collaboration with and approved by their faculty advisor or mentor in the business program.

Program Requirements (Traditional)

  • ECO 100: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECO 101: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • COS 221: Advanced Excel
  • COS 390: Data Analysis
  • BUS 100: Principles of Financial Accounting
  • BUS 211: Introduction of Business
  • BUS 222: Introduction to Marketing
  • BUS 260: Business Ethics
  • BUS 300: Principles of Corporate Finance I
  • BUS 336: Business Law I
  • BUS 344: Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 396: Business Career Research Seminar OR
    BUS 397: Business Internship
  • BUS 411: Business Capstone

Online Degree Completion

The online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree program at UMFK provides you the opportunity to finish your degree faster than in a traditional classroom setting. Each class runs for 7  weeks, and you can begin the program at the beginning of any 7 week session. The courses are strategically designed to maximize the applicable skills a working business professional will need in the field.

Business, AA

The Associate of Arts in Business aims to develop students as responsible, educated global citizens, life-long learners, and engaged business managers and entrepreneurs.

Business Minor

Students completing the business minor will develop an understanding of the principles of managing businesses, market forces, principles of accounting, and advanced topics in the business field.

Graduates have careers as:

  • Operations Managers
  • Sales Managers
  • Small Business Owners
  • Budget Analysts
  • Buyers and Purchasers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Loan Officers
  • Property Managers

Career outlook and earning potential

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Potential Occupations and Employment Outlook

52.0101 Business/Commerce, General

BUS 211: Introduction of Business (RLE)

Designated Research Learning Experience (RLE) Course

7 weeks

Length of business courses

60+ credits

Eligible to enroll in the online degree completion program.

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Applied Forest Management

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About the Program

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters, UMFK’s Applied Forest Management program offers small classes, hands-on learning, and experienced faculty. You’ll explore topics such as tree planting and tending, species identification, forest ecology and habitat management, and more. The degree will also provide you a pathway to becoming a Maine Licensed Forester.

Bryce Coffin, UMFK class of 2021, talks with an employee while standing in the woods near a feller buncher

About the Forestry Program

Prepare for a career in forestry with UMFK’s Associate of Science applied forest management program.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Earn a GIS Certificate, available on-campus or online. GIS provides a wealth of career opportunities. GIS can be applied to any field of study.

Career Opportunities in Applied Forest Management

This is a great time to seek a career in forestry! The ratio of jobs to graduates is at an all-time high, and that ratio is only expected to increase. Changes in the forest industry have created many new, technologically advanced positions.

Graduates find work as:

  • Foresters
  • Forest technicians
  • Rangers for the Maine Forest Service
  • Forest operations
  • Rangers for federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management or the U.S.D.A. Forest Service
  • GIS specialists
Forest students learn how to assemble hoses for their fire protection course.

Professional Certification

After you earn your degree and acquire four years of supervised work experience, you’ll be eligible to become a Maine Licensed Forester. Students also test for the S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws certification and a Maine Pesticide Applicator’s License.

Minors

Customize your degree to match your career goals with one of these minors.

Forestry Minor

You will gain general knowledge of Maine’s most important natural resource and an understanding of forest biology and management.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Minor

With a GIS background you will have a competitive advantage easily find starting positions with government agencies or private firms.

Potential employers include:

  • Consulting foresters
  • Land management companies
  • Forest industry
  • Forestry, conservation, and agriculture departments of the state and federal governments.
  • Logging contractors
  • Surveyors

Employers who have hired our graduates in recent years include:

  • American Forest Management
  • Irving Woodlands LLC
  • James W. Sewall Company
  • Landvest
  • Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
  • Maine Forest Service
  • Maine Land Use Regulation Commission
  • Seven Islands Land Company
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wagner Forest Management, Ltd.

Foresters

Foresters are responsible for the conservation of working forests. This means monitoring the health and directing the growth of forest stands where timber is harvested while following laws, best management practices, and scientific research to build and conserve habitats for fish and wildlife. Foresters understand history and write the future. Daily tasks vary according to the size and goals of the landowner or agency. A forester may provide comprehensive services to many small landowners or specialize in a particular aspect of forestry within a larger company or agency.

Two options for baccalaureate degrees are available to AFM students who wish to earn a four-year degree at UMFK that builds on the Forestry curriculum. The Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree is designed for students who wish to own a business, while the Conservation Law Enforcement with Natural Resources concentration is designed for students who wish to enter public service. Either of these degrees can be finished in four years.

While some companies have placed our graduates directly into forester positions, several local companies prefer to have employees with baccalaureate degrees. Those employers worked with UMFK to develop a baccalaureate degree in business with a concentration in forestry. Both degrees, Associate of Science Applied Forest Management and Bachelor of Science Business Management Major, can be completed in four years.

Forest Technicians

Technicians carry out the day-to-day tasks of forestry. They provide skills in areas such as forest inventory, boundary surveying, timber marking, timber harvesting and road layout, and the supervision of harvesting, thinning, and planting crews. One outstanding option for an industry position is UMFK’s Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Government employers may prefer UMFK’s Bachelor of Science in Conservation Law Enforcement with Natural Resources concentration or Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.

Forestry student working in the woods

In Maine, forest technicians and foresters compete for entry-level positions. Forest technicians generally have stronger field skills. However, individuals seeking advancement, whether in industry or government, should consider a baccalaureate degree. One outstanding option for an industry position is UMFK’s Bachelor of Science in business management. This degree is recommended by local industry representatives. Government employers may prefer UMFK’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.

Forest Rangers

Forest rangers are in the business of forest protection.  Their job involves the detection, prevention, and suppression of forest fires and the monitoring of potentially damaging native and invasive insect populations.  Additionally, the job involves a great deal of public education. In some states, forest rangers are involved in prescribed burning. This is a forest management tool used in forest regeneration, to reduce fuels and fire potential, and to enhance wildlife habitat.

In Maine, forest rangers have the added duty of enforcing forestry and environmental law. A Maine forest ranger’s work includes preparing and updating fire action plans, training firefighters, and supervising suppression operations. They patrol assigned regions and conduct equipment inspections. They also report and prosecute violations, investigate suspicious fires and suspected criminal activities, and conduct public information and education programs. Their enforcement duties also involve preparing records and reports that are used by the Maine Attorney General.

UMFK Adam Bagley Forestry Alumni

Students wishing to pursue careers in administration or who wish to seek advancement within government agencies must consider a baccalaureate degree. UMFK offers such an opportunity through its Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science Degree in Rural Public Safety Administration, and its Bachelor of Conservation Law Enforcement with a Natural Resources concentration.

Forest Operations

Forest operators include equipment operators and crew supervisors. A recent trend has emerged where the forest industry is seeking forestry-educated individuals to run wood processors and other equipment. Several recent graduates are working in such positions. Others have become contractors and are running their own harvesting and operations companies. The UMFK business management major, coupled with a forestry degree, is a useful combination for individuals seeking careers in the business side of forestry. Both degrees can be completed in four years.

Forestry student thinning trees.

GIS/GPS Technicians

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field continues to provide many career opportunities for our students and graduates. There have been an increased number of paid internships in GIS and global positioning (GPS) for our students. Graduates in forestry have enough background in GPS and GIS to qualify as technicians for the growing GIS Industry. GIS technicians perform digitizing (mapping), GPS data collection, and basic GIS tasks. State government and private corporations currently have openings for mapping or cartographic technicians.

UMFK GIS student working on their laptop in the science lab.

Students seeking employment as a GIS specialist may further their studies with the GIS Minor if they are Bachelor’s students, or GIS Certificate if they are Associate’s students, the GIS concentration under the Computer Systems Administration Major, or one in the Environmental Studies Program. GIS specialists have more extensive training in database management, programming, and geospatial analysis and are currently sought after by the industry. Both educational options at UMFK provide graduates with the skills to compete in this growing field. UMFK is a member of the Maine GIS Education Consortium, a group of University of Maine System Schools actively promoting GIS undergraduate education and post-graduate educational opportunities.

Program Requirements

  • FOR 100: Introduction to Forestry
  • FOR 131: Spreadsheets for Natural Resource Professionals
  • FOR 109: Dendrology
  • FOR 132: Forest Protection I
  • FOR 242: Map and LiDAR Interpretation
  • FOR 208: Forest Products, Harvesting, and Transportation
  • FOR 290: Forest Mensuration
  • GEO 103: Introduction To Global Positioning Systems
  • FOR 203: Surveying for Foresters
  • FOR 226: Forest Operations
  • FOR 332: Forest Inventory and Analysis
  • BUS 211: Introduction of Business
  • FOR 260: Silvics (Forest Ecology)
  • FOR 360: Silviculture
  • GIS 300: GIS Applications I
  • ENV 302: Wildlife Conservation & Management
    OR
    ENV 334: Wildlife Science
    OR
    ENV 354: Wildlife Habitat Interactions
  • SSC 327: Interpersonal Skills for Supervisors
  • FOR 330: Forest Protection II
  • FOR 350: Forest Management Practicum
  • FOR 361: Silvics/Silviculture Lab

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