University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Cambridge, Maryland, United States
Through its four laboratories across Maryland, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is a research, education, and service institution of the University System of Maryland (USM) and a world leader in the science of coastal environments and their watersheds.

About

The Center’s faculty advances knowledge through scientific discovery, integration, application, and teaching that results in a comprehensive understanding of our environment and natural resources, helping to guide the State and world toward a more sustainable future. Through its role as the responsible institution for administration of the Maryland Sea Grant College and numerous collaborative programs with other institutions, UMCES leads, coordinates, and catalyzes environmental research and graduate education within the University System.
UMCES faculty members advise, teach, and serve as mentors to many graduate students enrolled in USM institutions, particularly through the System-wide graduate programs in Marine- Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES), in which UMCES grants joint degrees with the University of Maryland College Park. UMCES also delivers its services through environmental science education programs for K-12 students and teachers, pertinent and timely information to the general public and decision makers, technology transfer to industries and the Maryland Sea Grant College.
UMCES contributes to meeting the legislative mandates of the University System of Maryland in numerous ways including: achieving national eminence as one of the world’s premier research centers focused on ecosystem science; uniquely integrating research, public service, and education related to the sustainability of environment and natural resources of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region; leading the System’s nationally ranked graduate program in marine and environmental science; recruiting and retaining a nationally and internationally prominent faculty; attaining research funding and private support far in excess of its state support; promoting economic development; conducting outreach to state and federal agencies; and collaborating with other higher education institutions in Maryland in advanced research and graduate education.

As the University System of Maryland’s environmental research institution, UMCES provides policymakers and natural resource managers with the most scientifically-advanced information available to tackle the environmental problems facing Maryland, the nation and the world.

Research

As the University System of Maryland’s environmental research institution, UMCES provides policymakers and natural resource managers with the most scientifically-advanced information available to tackle the environmental problems facing Maryland, the nation and the world.

Accreditation

UMCES has been committed to graduate education for more than 35 years. Faculty members teach and mentor MS and PhD students. Historically, students have received degrees and diplomas from degree-granting institutions in the University of Maryland System (USM), primarily from the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). In 2012-13, the Board of Regents and Maryland General Assembly authorized UMCES to become a degree-granting institution within the USM. To do so, UMCES initiated an accreditation process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and submitted its Accreditation Readiness Report (ARR) in August 2013. Acceptance of the ARR by MSCHE advanced UMCES to Candidacy for accreditation, which allows UMCES to award graduate degrees. The first MS and PhD degrees were jointly awarded with UMCP in May 2014. UMCES submitted its Self-Study Design to MSCHE in October 2014. Its approval was followed by initiation of self-study, with completion scheduled by summer 2015. Final evaluation by MSCHE is anticipated in winter 2015-16. If approved, UMCES will then be fully accredited.

Cambridge, Maryland, United States