Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Professor Mark Green and student taking samplesThe Bachelor of Science major in Environmental Science integrates a range of scientific disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and geology, around the study of the environment. An important focus is on aquatic ecosystems such as Sebago Lake (on which the College is located) and the nearby Gulf of Maine. Students who major in Environmental Science will be qualified for professional careers in government (e.g. EPA, DEP), environmental consulting, and conservation.

Strengths of the Environmental Science Program

  • Fantastic location featuring lakes, mountains, forest and shore for field exercises and research opportunities
  • Low student-faculty ratios, ensuring close interaction with professors
  • Student involvement in research that prepares students for careers and graduate school
  • Courses provide broad training needed for a career in science
  • Numerous specialty courses to pursue interests

Environmental Science Minor

A minor in Environmental Science is available and requires students to take 20 credits.

Environmental Science Semester

Immerse yourself in the Environmental Science Semester. Whether you are an environmental science, environmental studies or marine science major, you will gain a strong foundation of practical experience from the Environmental Science Semester, during which you’ll study field methods, oceanography, climate change and glacial geology, and marine ecology. The entire semester is off campus, with field-based projects and instruction in coastal Maine, Atlantic Canada and aboard a schooner exploring the islands and waters of the Gulf of Maine. Practical experience will solidify your understanding of complex processes and interactions. This will boost confidence in your scientific field and result in a more marketable background for your future career.

Out of the classroom

students on class trip to Mt. WashingtonStudents in the Climate Change and Glacial Geology class took a field trip to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England. They were looking at landscape features created either directly by glaciers or by sediments accumulating near glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age (about 12,000 to 15,000 year ago).

Learn what our environmental science programs have to offer