Professor and student working in science lab

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:

  • Aquatic ecosystems response to environmental change
  • 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 development in fish for commercial applications
  • Polychaete biodiversity database development

Internship & Research 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 Iceland 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.

At UMF you can find out, first-hand, what it’s like to work in the Biology field while you learn valuable career skills and develop a strong network of professional contacts.

Here’s a short list of where our Biology students have recently interned:

  • Franklin County Animal Shelter
  • Maine State Aquarium
  • DEW Haven Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Farmington Historical Society