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Environmental Science

  • The mission of the Environmental Sciences (ENVS) Program is to prepare students for entry into graduate school and productive careers in environmental sciences related occupations. The ENVS program provides students with strong academic curricula in environmental and basic sciences. Students are prepared to be adaptable to new developments and trained to conduct scientific research through example, mentoring, and personal experience. Students are well prepared for employment in the continuingly evolving scientific fields related to environmental sciences.

    The four-year undergraduate B.S. degrees provide specialization in two areas of interest: marine science or environmental chemistry.

    UMES also offers a Dual Degree B.S. Program in conjunction with Salisbury University. A joint B.S./M.S. degree is offered for students who complete a B.S. in environmental science and an M.S. in any of the areas of specialization offered by the MEES program.

    The Environmental Science Program B.S. curriculum is comprised of 32 credit hours of required core courses, 35 hours of supportive course requirements, 11 hours of program electives, and an additional 42 semester hours of general education courses.

    All undergraduate programs at UMES encourage students to complete internships as a component of their undergraduate education. Paid summer internships are available to students at every level and 100's are announced every academic year. Notices are posted on the department's internship boards, distributed through class notices and via Facebook and Twitter Internship locations range from local governments to university and government research labs from across the nation and around the world. UMES enjoys special relationships with NOAA, the EPA, NASA, NIH, the University of California-Davis. UMES has an excellent record of sending students to internship sites that expand their academic horizons and provide them experience leading to graduate program acceptance and job offers.


    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus provides an ideal setting for environmental and estuarine research. The 600-acre campus, located less than 10 miles from the Chesapeake Bay and 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, provides easy access to marine and estuarine environments. UMES maintains several laboratories and institutes dedicated to various aspects of environmental study including:

    • the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) supported by NOAA for research on fisheries biology;
    • UMES' Coastal Ecology Research Laboratory (CERL) at Assateague Island National Seashore on Sinepuxent Bay for the study of ecology of barrier islands and coastals processes;
    • the Water Quality Laboratory supported by cutting-edge technology, which provides excellent support to the community; and
    • the Fish Husbandry and Physiology Laboratory, supported by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.