Environmental Science

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies, concentration in environmental science
or
Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science

Students majoring in Environmental Science at UMF may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program. In either program you’ll work side-by-side with professors from a variety of natural science disciplines in classes, in labs, and in the field, conducting research in nearby forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and coastal settings.

You will receive hands-on training in lab and field research and data analysis for course-related projects of local or regional interest. You may be inspired to develop your own research project or be invited to become part of a UMF research team working on projects such as surveying insect bio-diversity, monitoring gravel-bar dredging and downstream sedimentation in the nearby Sandy River, charting lake temperatures to assess the impact of climate change, monitoring water quality in Maine lakes, or using GIS to map the spread of invasive plant populations.

You may join a list of UMF students who have held paid summer research internships in Massachusetts, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, California, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Ireland. Alternatively you might spend a summer working for Maine’s Department of Conservation, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, or Department of Environmental Protection.

Students can broaden their educational experience through semester-long exchanges either nationally or internationally, and additional scientific travel opportunities exist, including geological field trip courses to Newfoundland, the American west, Scotland and Ireland and ecology trips to the Virgin Islands or Costa Rica.

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
BIO 361 Ecology
BIO 383 Aquatic Biology
CHY 291 Analytical Chemistry
GEY 203 Surficial Processes
GEY 301 Terrain Analysis