In the University of Maine at Farmington Earth and Environmental Sciences program, you’ll become a member of a true scientific community — learning the techniques of field observation, measurement, sampling and analysis as part of your coursework.

Here, you’ll work side-by-side with your professors in classes and laboratories and also in the field conducting real-world research in our nearby forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and coastal settings.

The Earth and Environmental Sciences program engages you in a variety of in-the-field and in-the-lab investigations to help you better understand the past, present and future behavior of the whole earth system.

As an Earth and Environmental Sciences student you’ll also have opportunities for hands-on internship experiences. You’ll become proficient in doing and communicating science — even making presentations in public and scientific arenas.

One Major / Two Tracks

Our Earth and Environmental Sciences has two tracks: Geology or the Environmental Science track. Both place a strong emphasis on field and hands-on experiences.

Geology track / concentration
In the Geology track you’ll focus on understanding the past and present processes that shape our planet and its resources. You’ll have field experiences at nearby sites and, during travel courses, at other geologically rich locations such as: Newfoundland, Ireland and Scotland and central Canada. Graduates can go on to careers in mineral exploration, water resource management, education and GIS analysis.

Environmental Science track / concentration
In the Environmental Science track you’ll take an interdisciplinary approach that’s flexible, quantitative and offers the opportunity for greater specialization. You’ll gain a strong core in the natural sciences and mathematics and may select electives that allow for in-depth specialization in a specific discipline. Graduates can pursue careers in lake conservation, environmental impact and assessment, endangered species conservation, state park and marine resource protection, sustainable agriculture, air quality and energy resources or enroll in graduate studies.

Empowered to Effect Social Change

Whichever Earth and Environmental Sciences track you choose, you’ll leave UMF ready to the tackle resource, energy and environmental challenges of the 21st century. You’ll be empowered to be an environmentally literate citizen skilled at using scientific approaches to effect constructive social change.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science: Earth and Environmental Sciences — Geology or Environmental Science

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

BIO 294 Forest Ecology and Conservation
GEY 101 Environmental Geoscience
BIO 361 Ecology
BIO 383 Aquatic Biology
CHY 291 Analytical Chemistry
GEY 203 Surficial Processes
ENV 353 Conservation Biology
ENV 390 Environmental Science Internship