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Students at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) work to understand our world’s natural resources and discover solutions that improve people’s lives and the planet as whole. They monitor the impact of pollution on the Chesapeake Bay, track the migration of rockfish, and explore the impact of ocean acidification on marine life. At UMCES, a leading environmental science research and educational institution, our graduate students pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees through an immersive educational experience in partnership with the University System of Maryland.

Students conduct research at a network of labs across Maryland while enrolled in one of our three partner graduate programs.

The Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences Program has foundations in the following areas:

  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Ecological Systems
  • Environmental Molecular Science and Technology
  • Environment and Society

Students may also enroll in the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate Program in Life Sciences, specializing in:

  • Toxicology
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Finally, graduate students can enroll in the Frostburg State University Masters in Biology Program in either of the following areas of specialization:

  • Wildlife Fisheries
  • Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology

UMCES’ interdisciplinary approach stands out among environmental science institutions. Our commitment to applied environmental science brings together the brightest minds to solve some of the most pressing issues in our oceans, forests and backyards.

Students begin their research the same day they begin their classes. At each of the labs, students explore their own discipline, but in the classroom find themselves working with their peers from across the different programs.

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