Study of the Earth

The Earth and Environmental Science major at Unity College empowers students fascinated by the formation, evolution, and monitoring of the physical landscape–and to pursue their passion with hands-on experience.

The GIS Lab

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) skills taught at Unity are in high demand.

B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science

At Unity, you will gain a strong foundational knowledge of the interconnections between Earth systems, studying them from the small (molecules) to the large (mountain ranges), over time scales spanning minutes (chemical reactions) to thousands of years (environmental change).

With heavy emphasis on experiential and outdoor learning, rigorous studies in laboratory and field skills applied to real world scenarios better prepare Unity College students for graduate school and careers.  Small lab sections are taught by nationally recognized professors, preparing you to solve the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

Take a look at what it’s really like to be an Earth and Environmental Science major in this video by Matt Schnebly ’16 while in the program:

Earth and Environmental Science Program Highlights

What You Will Study

Many courses in the Earth and Environmental Science program integrate other disciplines for cross-study purposes, helping you to consider solutions to human-natural systems in your coursework. As a student in our program, you will gain the fine-tuned skills and knowledge to become an experienced environmental problem-solver.

In addition to liberal arts foundation courses from our Environmental Citizen Curriculum, you will have the opportunity to study and specialize in

All earth and environmental science courses have an outdoor lab component in which you’ll learn in various nearby natural settings and then continue the learning process in the lab using modern equipment and technology.

Students can also participate in exciting research opportunities. This past summer, Unity College students of Earth and Environmental Science studied the cause of algae blooms in our lakes and rivers. Unity College was given a $35,000 grant by the the Maine Space Grant Consortium, a part of a network funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, also known as Space Grant. Eric Hoffman, a student research assistant on the project, made this video:

Careers in Earth and Environmental Science

As an earth and environmental science graduate from Unity, you’ll have a wide range of career options available to you. These include working as environmental scientists and technicians, materials scientists, biological scientists, biochemists, geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, meterologists.

Job TitleAverage Salary
(with B.S. degree)
Projected 10 year Job GrowthGeographic "Hot Spots"
Field/ Lab Technician$44,000+ 12%CA, TX, FL, NC
GIS Specialist$63,000+9%CA, TX, VA, FL
Hydrologist$62,000+10%CA, CO, AZ, WA
Geoscience Tech$43,000+16%TX, SC, CO, CA
Geologist$65,000+14%CA, TX, PA, CO
Environmental Compliance Specialist$55,000+8%CA, FL, TX, VA
Environmental Scientist/ Specialist$67,000+8%CA, FL, NY, TX
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians$46,000+9%CA, TX, NY, OH
Conservation Scientist$61,000+2%TX, CA, CO, FL

Other students with a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science from Unity College go on to earn their graduate degrees or teaching certificates, enabling them to pursue careers as biochemists, microbiologists, hydrologists, or teachers.

Discover the many ways Unity College Career Services can help you reach your career goals.

Our Expert Faculty

Our accomplished faculty are dedicated to helping you drive real change through leading-edge knowledge and expertise.

Our Alumni

Earth and Environmental Science students find dream jobs in fields that matter to them. Here are some of their stories:

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Unity College Admissions

To learn more about our academic programs and discuss your areas of interest, contact Unity College Admissions. We look forward to hearing from you!