Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies, concentration in environmental science
Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science
Students majoring in Environmental Science at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program.
In the B.A., you'll get a broad interdisciplinary background in geology, field biology/ecology, and chemistry. The B.S. also includes this background but requires more courses which provides you flexibility for greater specialization in one of the sciences.
Our Environmental Science programs differ from our Interdisciplinary concentration in Environmental Policy & Planning in that Environmental Science focuses on the natural sciences rather than on environmental management issues.
As an Environmental Science student at UMF (either B.A. or B.S) you'll gain a strong core of knowledge in the natural sciences that will prepare you for employment in the field of environmental science or further study. Your faculty advisor will help you select courses that provide in-depth specialization in a particular science area.
Here, you'll work side-by-side with professors in classes, labs and in the field, conducting research in nearby forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and coastal settings. Much of your experience will be hands-on training in lab and field experimentation and analysis for course-related projects of local or regional interest.
The Perfect Location for the Study of the Environment
Our pristine location at the foothills of the mountains in western Maine gives you access to a wealth of field-study opportunities -- right in our own backyard.
And if you'd like to combine your research interests with travel, faculty within UMF's Environmental Science programs can provide a listing of summer internship opportunities that offer paid research positions in Massachusetts, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, California, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland and Costa Rica.
Here, you may even choose to develop your own research projects or be invited to become part of a research team working on established projects such as surveying the lead content in lake sediments, monitoring gravel-bar dredging and downstream sedimentation in the nearby Sandy River, GIS mapping Maine lakes and invasive plant populations, and long-term monitoring of Maine lake temperatures and their response to climate change.
"I've worked with Ron Butler [Professor of Biology] as a research assistant and he never lets me come in second to what my abilities are. Everything is full-on and you have to give your all when you're working for him and that is so important for preparing me for life after Farmington. It's like his classes are already taught at the grad school level."
-- Amalia Marenburg
From Skowhegan, Maine"
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student - regardless of their 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 Environmental Science such as:
|• Surficial Processes|
|• Climate Change|
|• Forest Ecology and Conservation|
|• Conservation Biology|
|• Terrain Analysis|
|• Aquatic Biology|
|• Organic Chemistry|
|• Soil Science|
|• Environmental Chemistry|
|• Environmental Impact Assessment|
|• Marine Biology|
For additional information about Environmental Science (B.A. and B.S.) at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
US tel 207-778-7050
Intl. tel 00-1-207-778-7050