Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Taking an interdisciplinary and applied approach to understanding and solving problems arising from human/environment interactions.

The Department of Environmental Science  & Policy (ESP) is an interdisciplinary unit offering a B.A. in Environmental Planning & Policy and a B.S. in Environmental Science. We have an accelerated program allowing students in the B.A. program to work towards a Master's degree in Policy, Planning, & Management. And we have a pathway leading to secondary science certification for people who want to become teachers.

We also offer minors and/or certificates in Environmental Sustainability, Applied Energy, Nature Tourism, Environmental Science, Environmental Education, and Environmental Policy.

News & Events

ESP's Wetlands Ecology students spend a Friday morning exploring a local wetland with 5th graders from Portland's Longfellow School.
ESP Graduate Maggie Welch featured in Portland Press Herald article about ticks in Maine.
Map of Portland's East End Sustainability Trail
Department of Environmental Science and Policy created a 1.3 mile self-guided sustainability trail of Portland's East End neighborhood.

Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management Accelerated Admissions Program

Undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Planning and Policy who are in the spring semester of their junior year can apply for conditional admission to a Master’s in Policy, Planning, and Management. If accepted, students take courses throughout their senior year that count toward completion of both their undergraduate and master’s degrees. 

USM Connections

Joseph Staples, lecturer of Environmental Science, appeared on Episode Two of USM Connections - a half-hour program featuring Provost Stevenson interviewing USM Faculty about their research, how they enrich the lives of students, as well as the Greater Portland community.