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 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.