Biology

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Biology

The Biology program at UMF emphasizes hands-on learning, with enthusiastic faculty members working with students in classes, in laboratories, and in the field. The process of doing real science (including observation, experimentation, measurement, sampling, and analysis) is part of virtually every course.

Biology students here have worked with professors on research projects on topics like the distribution and habitat preferences of rare dragonflies and butterflies, chickadee social behavior, the fire ecology of pines and oaks, parathyroid gene expression in brook trout, the neurobiology of lobsters, the reproductive ecology of Maine seabirds, the co-evolution of resistance mechanisms in bacteria, the distribution of invasive plant species in terrestrial and lake ecosystems, the regeneration of jack pine forests on coastal Maine islands, the distribution of the West Nile virus in Maine, the behavioral ecology of Atlantic whales, and the feeding ecology of dolphins in the Florida Keys.

UMF Biology students also have diverse summer internship opportunities that have included paid research positions here in Maine as well as in Massachusetts, Michigan, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, California, and Florida. And if you’re interested in experiences still farther afield, our Biology program regularly offers travel courses to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Costa Rica.

For students interested in bio-medical careers, internships are available with regional research labs such as Maine’s renowned Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL), hospitals, and bio-technology firms.

UMF Biology graduates go on to graduate schools, professional schools, and careers in laboratory research, state and federal agencies, and teaching.

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student –  in every major — will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

BIO 251 Cell Biology
BIO 294 Forest Ecology and Conservation
BIO 321 Tropical Island Ecology
BIO 351 Microbiology
BIO 356 Developmental Biology
BIO 383 Aquatic Biology