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The University of Maine is located in a beautiful natural setting that provides an ideal training ground for Earth and Climate Scientists.  The diverse geology of Maine reveals a complex history of volcanism, continental collision, ancient oceans, recent glaciers, and active waterways.  With access to the coast, rivers, mountains, and everything in between, Orono is in an ideal location for exploring all the nature that Maine has to offer. 

The School of Earth and Climate Sciences is housed in a spectacular building that was designed specifically for our needs.  Our internationally recognized faculty and cutting-edge research facilities will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities, or alternatively for continuing your education to the masters or doctoral level.  We invite you to explore our website and feel free to contact our Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Alice Doughty, for more information!

Why major in Earth Sciences?

  • Are you interested in how humans are altering the climate and what we can do to reduce our impact on the Earth and its inhabitants?
  • Do you find the prospect of working on a wide range of Earth-related issues from resource extraction to environmental protection exciting?
  • Do you want a university degree that will give you a solid foundation on which to build a stable career?

Then you should investigate a career path in the Earth and Climate Sciences! These are exciting times in which energy and resource supply, climate change and environmental sustainability are major world concerns. Earth Scientists play a central role in these and other important issues, and the future career opportunities have never been better.

What do Earth and Climate Scientists do?

Sand Beach, Acadia NPOur planet is a spectacular natural laboratory just waiting to be explored, its secrets discovered, and its processes understood. From the energy resources and manufacturing materials that originate from the Earth to the earthquakes and hurricanes that threaten lives, Earth and Climate Scientists are on the front line in a wide range of societally relevant pursuits. They use data and observations to better understand how humans are altering global climate, traveling to remote and wild places to measure the flow of glaciers and the melting if ice caps.  Earth and Climate Scientists monitor how water quality is affected by agricultural and industrial activity, and how plate tectonics drives volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. They provide essential information for establishing  governmental policies for resource management, environmental protection and public health. Earth and Climate Scientists make a difference. Check out our Research page to learn more about the types of work that we do, and visit our Undergraduate Life page to see how our students are engaged in faculty-led research projects.

What career opportunities are there in the Earth and Climate Sciences?

ocean samplingThe prospect of diverse, interesting, and challenging career opportunities is one of the strongest reasons to consider majoring in Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine. Career options include resource exploration and management, technical consulting, engineering, environmental sciences, as well as K-12 and post-secondary education. There are a multitude of different jobs in the private sector as well as federal, state and local governmental agencies. Because of their broad, but scientifically-grounded education, Earth and Climate Science majors also have many opportunities in professions requiring a knowledge of the Earth and how humans impact its climate and environment. These include health, law, business, diplomacy, public policy, teaching and journalism. At the  same time, the program provides sufficient depth so that our graduates will be prepared for graduate school in a broad range of subdisciplines of the Earth Sciences. The American Geological Institute is a great site for exploring career opportunities in depth.