Environmental Studies

The world needs environmentalists! There are many opportunities for you to contribute. UMM is uniquely located to get you started in environmental studies. We are situated at the headwaters of the Machias River Estuary. Our campus is surrounded by forests, blueberry fields, lakes, rivers, maritime bogs, and the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby are many state or national parks with unique trails and views, such as Acadia National Park; Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge; and the Bay of Fundy. Downeast Maine is home to many endangered species including Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Atlantic Salmon, Northern Right Whale, and Jacob’s Ladder.

Why Study Environmental Studies at UMM?

Environmental problems are multifaceted and contain biological, chemical, social, historical, psychological, and economic elements that must be addressed. Thus, to understand the complexity of environmental problems and work effectively in an environmental career, an individual must have both an area of major academic concentration and a broad-based education.

During your career at UMM, you will participate in a series of “Issues and Actions” courses where you will have opportunities to pursue practical, project-based learning experiences in Environmental Studies. You also have the opportunity for experiences outside of classes such as cooperative education or internships, both of which can provide college credit. Past student internships have included working for government agencies, environmental consulting firms, industrial plants, national parks, and wildlife refuges.

The program focuses on the environment and the interactions between people and the world in which we live. You can tailor the program to your interests by choosing any of the UMM minors as your focus. The Environmental Studies degree will help prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Careers in Environmental Studies

UMM graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers in environmental fields. These include employment with:

  • State and federal environmental agencies
  • Private environmental advocacy organizations
  • State and national parks
  • Environmental education institutions
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Pollution control agencies
  • Environmental advocacy organizations
  • Environmental departments in industrial settings

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science in Environment Studies

Program Courses & Requirements


Contact Us

Tora Johnson
Associate Professor of Geographic Information Systems
223 Torrey Hall