Associate of Applied Science
60 credits | $250 per credit*
Financial Aid Available
Transfer Friendly | 2-Week Terms
In a state that calls itself “Vacationland”, it is no surprise that tourism is one of the largest economic drivers, accounting for about 1 out of every 6 jobs in the state. In Maine, whether its connected to the waterways, mountains, beaches, or woods, the natural environment is the foundation of most of the state’s tourism. So, preserving the very reason behind tourism in Maine is essential. The knowledge and skills earned through the Sustainable Ecotourism degree will help you combine your passion for the environment with one of Maine’s most important industries.
Whether you want to run a small business that serves tourists, or you’re interested in being part of an organization that supports Maine’s thriving tourism trade, this Sustainable Ecotourism program can help you meet your goals. The Sustainable Ecotourism program explores how tourism, focusing on the natural aspects of an area, impacts a community or region’s environmental, social, and economic aspects. This program will look at tourism’s current and future impact on natural resources, economies, and communities to understand how to minimize the negative and positive impacts and ensure long-term sustainability. This program combines the importance of sustainable ecotourism with entrepreneurial skills for Maine’s tourism activities and businesses.
* Cost per credit and number of credits may change.
Prepares graduates for positions in public parks, resorts and lodges, outdoor education schools, environmental education centers, and government or private organizations dedicated to promoting ecotourism and cultural activities in the region.
- Owners and staff of recreational and lodging small businesses
- Resort Managers
- Tour Guides
- Community Outreach Coordinators
- Chamber of Commerce staff
- Ecotourism Travel Managers
What You Will Learn
- The connection of the environment, economics, and culture in sustainable tourism.
- How to plan sustainable recreational and business-related events.
- Criteria for event planning, marketing, and promoting in communities.
- Skills in supervision including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and evaluating.
We have identified the best features of in-person and virtual learning, brought them together, and created an innovative and flexible education designed for the modern learner. All courses run on a two-week term calendar where learners take one course at a time. Each class meets in person regularly with day, weekend, and evening options available. In addition, courses leverage HyFlex instruction to enhance classroom learning. Using this flexible approach, learners leverage tools such as discussion boards, academic support resources, videos, and project-based assignments to demonstrate their understanding of the content. Our facility in New Gloucester, Maine, is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms deploying cutting–edge technology, laboratories, conference rooms, co-working/study spaces, and more to support and enhance teaching and learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions part of Unity Environmental University?
Yes, the Technical Institute is one of four educational units under Unity Environmental University.
Where are courses held?
All programs are delivered in-person at Freeport Hall, on Unity Environmental University’s campus located on Pineland Farms.
70 Farm View Drive, Suite 200
New Gloucester, ME 04260.
Is the Technical Institute an online program?
No. Our courses have in-person participation, accompanied with virtual guided learning, discussions, or projects.
How much does it cost?
Our cost is $250 per credit pricing, for a two-credit course. Financial aid options are available which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly. Additionally, for the majority of courses, there are no costs for textbooks!
How do I find out if I’m eligible for financial aid?
The process is simple and free to apply! Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Make sure to include the Unity Environmental University, Technical Institute for Environmental Professions school code: 006858. If you have questions about financial aid, paying for college, or the process, our recruitment team is eager to help.
When do classes start?
There are 20 terms per year, and courses offered all year long, so there is always an opportunity to start when it is convenient for you. There is no better time to start than now!
What am I going to learn?
Skills and competencies that have been identified as essential by subject matter experts in your field and will align with prospective employer needs.
How do I apply?
Applying is easy, free, and can be completed right on your smartphone! Complete our online application.
Do you accept prior learning and transfer credits?
Yes, we have a very transfer-friendly approach. Everyone’s prior learning is different, so we recommend that you have a conversation with your recruitment specialist, to discuss how your experience and credits will best be applied to your new degree.