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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 curriculum provides broad training in environmental and basic sciences and trains students to conduct scientific research needed in the environmental sciences. Students are well prepared for employment in the continuingly-evolving scientific fields of the 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 B.S.-Master of Science (M.S.) program in conjunction with Salisbury University. A joint B.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.

    Students must complete 120 semester hours, including 42 semester hours in general education courses and 78 semester hours in program core courses, supportive, and program electives. Students are required to take Independent Study and conduct and report on an Undergraduate Research project in their junior or senior year.


    Environmental Science Degrees

    Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry, B.S.

    Environmental Science, Marine Science, B.S.

    Environmental Science, Marine Science, Dual Degree B.S./M.S. Program


    Environmental Research Opportunities


    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 coastal processes;

    • The DNS Water Quality Laboratory supported by cutting-edge technology, which provides excellent support to the campus community; and

    • The Fish Husbandry and Physiology Laboratory, supported by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


    For additional information on the Environmental Science program, please contact:


    Ali Ishaque, Ph.D., Professor

    Department of Natural Sciences

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Princess Anne, MD 21853

    Email: abishaque@umes.edu


    Financial Assistance

    Departmental Graduate Assistantships

    Admitted full-time graduate students are offered a financial support package, which ordinarily lasts for three years for M.S. students and five years for Ph.D. students. Most graduate students are supported by a teaching assistantship for nine months.

    Presently, the stipend for M.S. students is $13,500 for nine months. For Ph.D. students, the stipend ranges from $17,236 to $19,236 for teaching assistantships.

    In addition, biology graduate students receive full waivers of tuition.

    Summer stipends are contingent upon grant support from the student’s major professor. Most students receive summer support, ranging from $4,000 – $6,000 each summer.