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

Environmental Science & Policy turns 20!
USM has launched an initiative to give students a faster, less expensive pathway from an undergraduate degree to a master’s degree in a professional field.
Choice magazine, a periodical distributed to over 22,000 academic librarians, faculty, and key decision makers, recently published a positive review of Daniel Martinez's book "The Path to More Sustainable Energy Systems".

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.