Majoring in biology offers students the opportunity to choose from a variety of exciting and interesting courses of study and future careers. The Biology program at UMF offers three concentrations, reflecting three common areas of interest and career paths for students who choose a BA in Biology as their major. These concentrations are: Pre-Professional, Ecology and Conservation, and General Biology. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog (2023-2024).

How do I explore Biology at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to ask about going to one of the classes.
  • Talk with students in the major for insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you.
  • Enroll in one of the following courses: BIO 141 The Living Earth or CHY 141 General Chemistry.
  • Get involved by joining a club or volunteer with an organization.
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major.
  • Talk with a Career Counselor.

What careers can I get with this major?

Data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources. Median Salaries for positions in Maine typically fall below those of other New England states.

What jobs have UMF graduates acquired?

Supervisor of Quality Control, Post-doc in Molecular Biology at Harvard University, Physician Assistant at Seaport Family Practice, Ob/Gyn at Miles Memorial Hospital, Material Engineer, Associate Professor, Entomology Assistant, Assistant Aquarist, Wildlife Biologist, Veterinary Technician, Application Developer at IDEXX Laboratories, Radiologic Technologist, National Rabies Management Coordinator, Senior Education Policy Specialist, and others.

Can I minor in Biology? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes, UMF has a minor in Biology, and also Climate Change Solutions, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, Health & Medicine, and many other choices. Majors related to Biology include Earth and Environmental Science. Read more about majors and minors.

UMF also has several Pre-Professional tracks – students can select coursework for pre-chiropractic, pre-dental, pre-med, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, and pre-vet preparation. Read more about UMF’s Pre-Professional Health minor.

How do I declare this major?

Contact Dr. Chris Magri, Preble Hall,, 207-778-8151 to discuss your interests. To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).

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