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B.S. in Biological Sciences

Program OverviewBiology student Katie examines skeletal bones on a lab table

Wake up to 540 acres of wetlands and woodlands. A Biological Sciences major’s dream, our seaside campus is the perfect setting for your studies. In addition to the abundant biological diversity found just steps from your residence hall, we provide access to all the resources of a comprehensive health sciences university. With an unmatched emphasis on undergraduate research and a robust internship program, the Biological Sciences major will set you apart in the eyes of employers and graduate schools alike.


Why UNE for Biological Sciences

Situated within a comprehensive health sciences university, our program gives you all the advantages that come with proximity to our colleges of medicine, pharmacy, and dental medicine and our health professions programs. And as a Biological Sciences major, you’ll relish the opportunity to explore our seaside campus.

  • Choice of two concentrations
  • Uncommon breadth of student research opportunities
  • Internships foron-the-job experience
  • State-of-the-art Marine Science Center
  • University-owned research island
  • Full array of health professions faculty and resources

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Careers

Many careers in the biological sciences require specialized graduate study, and UNE’s Biological Sciences major lays a solid foundation for advanced coursework in the sciences or human/animal medicine. The program prepares you through coursework, labs, research, and internships for a wide range of fascinating careers that require a bachelor’s degree.

Our graduates have pursued many exciting careers, including:

  • Medical or Clinical Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Development/Sales
  • Physician/Veterinarian
  • Conservation Administrator
  • Science Instrumentation Technician
  • Wildlife Management Administrator
  • Computational Biologist
  • Public Health Official

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.

  • 93%

    of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

  • #1

    in Maine for getting a job (Zippia, 2019)


Academics

As a Biological Sciences major, you have the option to concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

EXAMPLES OF AVAILABLE COURSES

The following are some examples of the exciting courses that the Biological Sciences major offers:

  • Animal/Behavioral Ecology
  • Medicinal Plant Biology
  • Ornithology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Parasitology

We even have a 4+1 B.S./M.S. track that lets you complete your undergraduate and master’s degrees in just five years. You may also apply for Early Assurance to UNE’s graduate programs in medicine, dental medicine, physical therapy, and physician assistant.

To learn more about the Biological Sciences program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Secondary Education

If your goal is to be a high school or middle school science teacher, you may enroll in secondary education courses at UNE to meet the standards for State of Maine certification (grades 7-12) upon graduation. 


Meet Our Faculty and Professional Staff


A biology student examines plants on a lab shelf


Experiential Learning

Research

  • Conduct research as early as freshman year
  • Perform paid research over the summer
  • Engage in cross-disciplinary research with faculty from other departments, such as Environmental Studies, Marine Sciences, and the Center for Excellence for Neurosciences
  • Present at conferences and publish your findings

Internships

Our students have completed internships at many exciting sites, including:

  • Animal Medical Associates
  • RadonCheck
  • Center for Wildlife
  • BBI Pharmaceutical
  • Partners for World Health
  • Mainely Kidz Physical Therapy

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office Biological Sciences contact, Cynthia Simon, at csimon@une.edu.


Global EducationStudents zipline in the rainforest of Panama

See the World

Study Biological Sciences on the other side of the world by taking part in our Global Education Programs.

Experience firsthand the earth’s biodiversity by participating in faculty-led travel courses to places such as Belize, Panama, Costa Rica, Italy, Kenya, and the Galapagos Islands. Or if you would prefer a longer cultural immersion, you may spend an entire semester in one of our programs in Spain, France, Iceland, and Morocco.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.