Earth and environmental sciences (E&ES) are critical disciplines for environmental stewardship and resource management. Students in this program engage in diverse field and laboratory investigations in order to develop their understanding of the past, present, and future behavior of the whole earth system. They become members of a scientific community, learning techniques of field observation, measurement, sampling, and analysis as part of their coursework. E&ES majors work side-by-side with their professors in classes and laboratories, and in the field conducting research in nearby forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, and coastal settings.  For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Earth and Environmental Sciences 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 Geology track:
      • GEY 101N Environmental Geoscience
      • GEY 102N The Dynamic Earth
      • CHY 141 General Chemistry I
    • For the Environmental Science track:
      • GEY 101N Environmental Geoscience
      • CHY 141 General Chemistry I
      • CHY 142 General Chemistry II
      • BIO 160 Plant Organisms
      • BIO 170 Zoology
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Sustainable Campus Coalition).
  • 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 Environmental Science? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes! UMF has a minor in Environmental Studies and also Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and many other choices.  Click here for more information. Majors related to Earth and Environmental Science include Biology.

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

Environmental focus: Environmental Task Assessment Consultant, Maine Department of Environmental Protection Water Quality Assessor, Wildlife Habitat Construction Protection at the Bureau of Land Management, Senior Environmental Scientist, Research Associate, Technical Support Engineer, Solar Engineering Consultant, Maine Patrol Officer, and others.

Geology focus: Geosteering Geologist, Mineralogist at CS Mining, Field Geologist, Junior Environmental Scientist, Crime Analyst/CIS Coordinator for a Police Department, Drafting Designer at BIW, Logging Geologist, Geological Engineer, Organic Vegetable Farmer, Environmental Specialist, Enforcement Officer at EPA, Owner of Natural Wool Company, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

A sample of career paths include Climate Change Analyst, Industrial Ecologist, Forest Ranger, Environmental Health Specialist, Meteorologist, Conservationist, Geoscientist, Petroleum Technician, Hydrologist, Teacher/Professor, 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. Chris Magri, Preble Hall,, 207-778-8151 or Dr. Terry Morocco,, Preble Hall, 207-778-7181.

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

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