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 Early Assurance admission into our medical, dental, physician assistant, and physical therapy programs as well as accelerated pathways to our medical and dental colleges.

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Medical Biology (Medical Sciences), Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)

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 College of Pharmacy and our many graduate health professions programs.

  • Research opportunities across the health care fields
  • Early exposure to interdisciplinary, team-based care
  • Early Assurance 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


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

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.


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

(per 2016-2018 graduate surveys)


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

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


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. Early Assurance admission to several of our graduate programs is also available.

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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