The Geography and Environmental Planning program positions  graduates for fast-growing careers in conservation and natural resources, environmental justice and advocacy, environmental health, environmental regulation and enforcement, recreation, community planning, international development, mapping and geospatial technologies, and many other fields. Students pursue personal and professional interests by following paths in geography or environmental policy and planning. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Geography and Environmental Planning at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major .
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in one of the following courses:
    • For the Environmental Planning path:
      • EPP 131S Conservation and Environment
    • For the Geography path:
      • GEO 103S Peoples and Environments or GEO 104S Global Transformations or GEO 105S Earth Wind and Fire: The Geography of Natural Hazards
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major.
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Meghan Price at The Partnership for Civic Engagement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington:

Can I minor in Geography or Environmental Studies? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes! UMF has a minor in Environmental Studies, Geography, Health & Medicine, and many other choices.  Click here for more information. Majors related to Geography and Environmental Planning include Earth and Environmental Science. Read here to learn about the GIS Certificate program.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

City Planner, Project Scientist at Stantec, Director of Code Enforcement, Remote Sensing Technician, GIS Analyst, Community Transformation Grant Coordinator, Field Manager for Environment Maine, Senior Geospatial Analyst, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, Laser Scanning Technician, Director of Planning and Code Enforcement, GIS Coordinator, Cartographer, Spatial Data Analyst, Mapping Technician, Remote Sensing Technician,  Americorps, Director of Development Services at City of Augusta, Maine State Senate Officer, Geography Professor, Remote Sensing Technician, Property and Casualty Agent, Food Safety Manager, Conservation Geographer, Higher Education, Marketing Assistant at Blue Marble Geographics, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Urban Planner, Construction Manager, Soil and Water Conservationist, Climate Change Analyst, Environmental Engineer, Lawyer, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major: Dr. Brad Dearden, Roberts Learning Center,, 207-778-7439.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).

For students interested in the Geography path, they are advised to take GEO 103 Peoples and Environments or GEO 104 Global Transformations sometime in their first year; either of these is a prerequisite for subsequent courses in this pathway of the major.

Students interested in the Environmental Policy and Planning path are advised to take EPP 131 Conservation and Environment sometime in their first year; this is a precursor to subsequent courses in this pathway of the major.

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