Program Overview

With health care projected to be the fastest-growing industry in the economy, UNE’s Medical Sciences track of the Medical Biology major puts you on sure footing for success. As one of only a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health care mission, UNE can provide its Medical Biology undergraduates up-close interaction with graduate health professions students and opportunities to perform research with faculty across health disciplines.

We offer our GradVantage program for admission into our medical, dental, physician assistant, and physical therapy programs as well as accelerated pathways to our medical and dental colleges.

Olivia Scott stands smiling at the camera holding her handmade ceramics

[The research I participated in] made me feel like I can make change — like I am part of a much bigger purpose.

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Why UNE for Medical Biology Medical Sciences Track

Because we’re a comprehensive health sciences university, you’ll have the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty and graduate students in Maine’s only medical and dental schools, as well as our School of Pharmacy and our many graduate health professions programs.

  • Research opportunities across the health care fields
  • Early exposure to interdisciplinary, team-based care
  • GradVantage program for admission to UNE’s colleges of osteopathic medicine and dental medicine as well as our physical therapy and physician assistant graduate programs
  • Accelerated 3+4 programs with UNE’s medical and dental colleges
  • 4+1 B.S./M.S. track

Meet Kheilin, a Medical Biology major who is planning to become a doctor

She cares deeply about how she impacts others, from her future patients to her friends, family, and community. Kheilin is one of the many UNE students who are gaining the skills and knowledge to make an impact and be of service.


Whether your ultimate goal is to become a health provider or enter the workforce in medical research, biotechnology, or another cutting-edge profession, UNE’s Medical Biology–Medical Sciences track prepares you as a knowledgeable scientist, a critical thinker, and a valuable member of any professional team. Our graduates have pursued many different careers, including:

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Occupational/Physical Therapist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Drug Development Scientist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Medical Editor
  • Instrument Technician

Career Advising

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


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

(per 2016-2020 graduate surveys)


healthcare jobs expected to open in U.S. between 2016 and 2026

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


There are many ways you can navigate this major.

Examples of Available Courses

  • Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology
  • Genetics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • One Health Approaches to Medicine
  • Animal/Behavioral Ecology
  • Parasitology

We offer accelerated 3+4 tracks as pathways to our medical and dental colleges. And our 4+1 B.S./M.S. track lets you complete your undergraduate degree and master’s in Biological Sciences in just five years. Our GradVantage program is also available for admission to several of our graduate programs.

Graduate Program Pathways

As a Medical Biology student, UNE offers you three accelerated ways to earn your graduate degree. We offer 3+4 tracks as pathways to our College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Dental Medicine. We have a 4+1 option to earn you B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences in just five years. And you can take part in our GradVantage program for early admission to our medical, dental, physical therapy, and physician assistant graduate programs.

4+1 Accelerated Master of Science in Biotechnology

UNE has also partnered with The Roux Institute at Northeastern University to offer a 4+1 accelerated M.S. in Biotechnology. In this program, you can enroll in graduate-level courses as an undergraduate and transfer up to 12 credits to Northeastern's master's degree program offered by the Roux Institute. By doing so, you earn two degrees in five years.

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in either the B.S. in Medical Biology - Medical Sciences track or the B.S. in Biochemistry program at UNE.

For more information and to enroll in the program contact your academic advisor.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their advisor.

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


Experiential Learning

We rely heavily on case studies to challenge you to apply scientific concepts to real-world problems. But the classroom is only where hands-on experience begins. In the lab, you’ll engage in research with faculty from across health care fields, colleges, and disciplines. And internships allow you to directly experience different professions in an immersive environment.


  • Opportunities for undergraduates to participate in cutting-edge research across health care fields
  • Mentorship from faculty at a university categorized as having “High Research Activity” by Carnegie Classification
  • Paid research positions available


Our students have performed internships at numerous sites, including:

  • Family Eye Care
  • Biddeford-Saco Dental Associates
  • Kennebunkport Emergency Medical Services
  • Oral Surgery Associates
  • Dempsey Center
  • York County Shelter Programs
  • American Cancer Society

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office.

Global Education

See the World

As a Medical Biology Medical Sciences student, you can stay on track with your lab work and have the experience of a lifetime. Spend a semester in France, Iceland, or at our own international campus in Morocco. All three offer labs in English. Alternatively, you may opt for short-term, faculty-led travel courses that will take you to places such as Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and the Galapagos Islands. Or go on medical mission trips, including the unique Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana.

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


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