As a Biology student you learn about the scientific process through hands-on experience. You enjoy a wealth of undergraduate research opportunities, thanks to the high number of research-active faculty across our various colleges.
Not only do the professors in the College of Arts and Sciences have need for ambitious, hardworking students, who are ready to immerse themselves in research, but so do the professors in the Westbrook College of Health Professions, the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Internships for Biology students are facilitated through the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office. You may enroll in your first internship as early as your freshman year and continue to perform internships through your senior year. The CAS Internship Office will guide you in researching, applying for, and completing internships that earn course credit. Consider an internship near campus during a semester, back home over the summer, or even overseas. Internships allow you to directly experience your future profession from an immersed learning-work environment. Whether you’re interested in dental, medical, veterinary, aquaculture, or other biological careers, your internship will build your knowledge and skills, allow you to network in your field, and help you explore career opportunities. A full semester prior to your internship, begin the application process by contacting the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office.
UNE's opportunities to spend a semester abroad in Tangier, Morocco, or Seville, Spain, along with travel courses allow you to stay on track with your lab sciences and College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum while gaining enriching international experience. To enroll in these courses, you must submit an application to the Global Education Program. You are encouraged to apply for a Global Education scholarship when applying to these courses.
Travel courses taught by Biology faculty include:
BIO 290/290L or BIO 451 TROPICAL FORESTS AND GLOBAL CHANGE
Dr. Greg Zogg
This is a spring semester course that includes travel to Costa Rica for nine days during spring break, where you will explore the biodiversity of both tropical rainforests and dry forests. You will conduct fieldwork examining how human-induced changes in the environment — such as defaunation, invasive species, and global warming — impact these two forest types. In addition, you will have the opportunity to zipline through the forest canopy, spend some time at the beach, and enjoy the sights and sounds of tropical forests. Upon return, you will spend the rest of the semester drawing upon your travel experience to help you identify strategies to protect these natural systems from further human disturbance. Note that this course can be taken at either the 200- or 400-level, with students enrolling at the 400 level having greater expectations in terms of both depth of study and workload, and serving as research team leaders on group projects before, during, and after travel to Costa Rica.
Greece and Italy
BIO 290 ANATOMY THROUGH CLASSICAL AND RENAISSANCE ART
This is a semester-long seminar examining the importance of anatomical study as represented in the art of ancient Greece and Rome, and its re-emergence and elaboration during the Italian Renaissance. The highlight of the course will be a 10-day trip to Greece and Italy in May during which you will tour sites in four cities (Athens, Rome, Florence, and Bologna) representing the birthplaces of ancient and modern anatomical science. You will discover the many varied connections between anatomical study and art, especially in Renaissance Italy. An individual research project with a multimedia presentation will be required.
BIO 421 Conservation and Ecology of a Caribbean Island
Dr. Jeri Fox
This course covers topics in history and geology of the Caribbean with an emphasis on the island of Boca del Toros in Panama and includes topics such as terrestrial, island and marine biodiversity, and the ecology and evolution of populations. Discussions include the impact of an agriculturally-based economy versus a tourist economy on the environment in general and the reef in particular. The course examines NGOs and international environmental treaties and focuses on particular national and international conservation approaches using the Caribbean as an example. Other topics include community-based management and local wildlife policies, the history of the establishment of rainforest as a natural preserve, ethnobotany, and the natural history of the region.
The course culminates with 10 days of travel and fieldwork in Panama at the end of May. Activities in Panama include snorkeling on reefs, canopy access training, caving, a tour of the Panama Canal Zone, and lectures by the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation faculty
BIO 421 Marine Topics: Coral Reef Studies
Dr. Jeri Fox
This course presents an in-depth study of the biology and taxonomy of corals while examining the ecology of the coral reef system and the future of reefs. The course concludes with a field lab carried out entirely on the reefs of Belize in January. You snorkel in the beautiful lagoons of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves. The group is housed in a remote field station on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye with access to the reef ecosystem, mangroves, sea grass beds, and jungle.
The mission of the Intramural Sports program is to provide fun and safe activities for the UNE community for the purpose of promoting growth and development, positive interpersonal relationships, and healthy lifestyles. The UNE Intramural Sports program offers all undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, faculty, and professional staff 22+ opportunities to engage in a wide variety of recreational activities. These activities are open to men and women and include both team and individual sport activities.