Using geospatial analysis and mapping technologies you’ll gain hands-on experience through fieldwork and in the lab. Together with your professors you will use these tools to assess environmental problems and critically evaluate solutions.

The Environmental Policy and Planning at UMF program combines geography with natural and social sciences to help you develop a comprehensive understanding of policy and planning issues as they relate to the environment. Depending on your interests and goals, you can choose one of five concentrations: policy, ecology, development and economics, environmental health, and geosciences.

Graduates work as planners, environmental educators, conservation managers, environmental consultants, GIS experts and in a variety of other environmental professions.

Our location in western Maine makes UMF an ideal place to study environmental issues such as timber management, tourism and recreation development, farmland use, and small-scale urban development. Our close ties with public environmental agencies and private businesses provide you with internship experience while developing valuable connections for your life after graduation.

Projects UMF Environmental Policy and Planning students have worked on include:

  • Trail mapping and construction on the Fly Rod Crosby Trail
  • Managing an innovative local recycling program affiliated with Terracycle
  • Assessing conservation land for Somerset Woods Trustees land trust
  • Mapping street trees in Yarmouth, Maine

This kind of high level, hands-on experience will prepare you for public and private sector careers in planning, policy, and environmental regulation, or for graduate study.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies, concentration in environmental policy and planning

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 & Conservation
ECO 228 Environmental Economics
EPP 131 Conservation and Environment
EPP 231 Environmental Issues
EPP 331 Nature and Society
GEO 340 Land Use


Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $4,900 for residents of VT through the New England Regional Student Program.