College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Case for Support



THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES, FORESTRY, AND AGRICULTURE educates and prepares scientists and professionals who will become tomorrow’s leaders, here in Maine and across the globe. We serve the people of Maine, advance national conversations, and contribute new knowledge through scholarship and engagement to help people sustain our environment, communities, resources, and health. In this spirit of striving for excellence in all arenas, and from a foundation of strength and past success, the college is embarking on an upgrade of its internal systems and support mechanisms, along with an ambitious vision to guide its future operation.

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture areas of study include biomedical and health sciences, marine sciences, forestry and wood products, environmental sciences, food sciences, agriculture, and aquaculture.

Our aim is to foster student success, advance access for Maine, translate discovery to impact, and catalyze Maine’s economy.

Fostering Student Success

High workforce demands in health and natural sciences require the college to educate top-flight undergraduate and graduate students from Maine and beyond who will become the next generation of professionals in fields such as audiology, social work, medicine, marine sciences, and Earth and climate sciences, among others.

  • Faculty are committed to an improved advising system for undergraduates, greatly increasing timely degree completion.
  • State-of-the-art labs and equipment, as well as clinical placements, ensure workforce readiness upon graduation.

Access for Maine

Private support of scholarships and awards makes the college’s programs accessible for all students, especially those who are first-generation, who often need enhanced financial aid and advising.

  • Collaborations, industry partnerships, and internships link the student endeavor with real-world experience across academic fields.

Discovery to Impact

Development of cutting-edge technology depends on faculty and students in the college to conduct research and development (R&D) in natural and health sciences.

  • Modernized infrastructure will benefit students and faculty in their R&D efforts.
  • Natural resources sectors in Maine (e.g., forests, marine, agriculture) rely on faculty and students to provide state-of-the-art thinking for future management and conservation policy, new technology in geographic information system mapping, drones, telemedicine, and satellite support, among many others.

Catalyzing Maine’s Economy

New initiatives and programs support and enhance Maine’s economy, and students in the college are involved every step of the way.
Current endeavors include the following:

  • Precision forestry and forest bioproducts
  • Potato breeding featuring new varieties
  • Economic models for energy efficiency programs
  • Sensors for health applications
  • Aquaculture business support initiatives

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

~130 faculty
2,500 undergraduate students
500 graduate students
69 degree programs in the following disciplines:

  • Economics
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Social Work
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Earth Sciences
  • Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy
  • Marine Sciences
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Financial Economics
  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Biology, Botany, Zoology
  • Animal and Veterinary Sciences
  • Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Nursing
  • Forestry
  • Ecology and Environmental Sciences