The Environmental Studies program consists of two concentrations: Natural Resources & Environmental Science and Sustainable Agriculture. The program focuses on giving students a broad understanding of environmental sciences in the classroom, laboratory, and through a significant amount of hands-on work outdoors. In addition to well-equipped laboratories, the Department utilizes other resources such as North Maine Woods and farmland as natural laboratories for teaching and research. Graduates have gone on to careers in industry, local and state government, or graduate school.
Mission & Outcomes
- Students develop ability to collect geospatial information, to organize and analyze information using GIS, and to interpret and present data in written and oral format.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of human interaction with and effects on environmental processes.
- Students can articulate how social science, philosophical, policy, and other human systems relate to solving and understanding environmental challenges.
- Students can describe long-term climate change processes, recent climate changes processes, energy systems, and how climate and energy is related.
- Students demonstrate competency in collecting data in the field or lab, organizing and analyzing these data, and summarizing and drawing conclusions from these data.
- Students demonstrate a basic understanding of the breadth of environmental sciences, including geological, biological, ecological, physical and other disciplines.
- Students also gain advanced level knowledge and understanding within a particular environmental science discipline.