The Biology program at the University of Maine at Farmington emphasizes hands-on learning with enthusiastic faculty members working with you in classes, in laboratories, and in the field.
The opportunity to conduct real science: observation, experimentation, measurement, sampling and analysis is baked into virtually every Biology course at UMF. It’s the type of hands-on, real world (and real science) experience you’ll get here.
You’ll work alongside professors on a range of research topics such as:
- Distribution of invasive plant species in terrestrial and lake ecosystems
- Chickadee social behavior
- Regeneration of jack pine forests on coastal Maine islands
- Distribution and habitat preferences of rare dragonflies and butterflies
- Co-evolution of resistance mechanisms in bacteria
- Fire ecology of pines and oaks
- Parathyroid gene expression in brook trout
- Reproductive ecology of Maine seabirds
- Distribution of the West Nile virus in Maine
- Feeding ecology of dolphins in the Florida Keys
Internship Opportunities and Travel Courses in Biology
Here, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in summer internships — including paid research positions — in Maine as well as in Massachusetts, Michigan, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, California and Florida.
And if you’re interested in experiences farther afield, our Biology program regularly offers affordable, short-term May Term travel courses to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Costa Rica.
If you’re interested in a Bio-Medical career, internships are available with regional research labs such as Maine’s renowned Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL), Maine hospitals and Maine bio-tech firms.
Our Biology graduates regularly go on to graduate schools, professional schools, medical schools and careers in laboratory research, state and federal agencies, teaching and more.
Bachelor of Arts: Biology
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 170 General Zoology
BIO 383 Aquatic Biology
BIO 390 Biology Internship/Field Experience