Like a precisely focused microscope, UNE’s Bachelor of Science in Laboratory Science concentrates on classic and state-of-the-art lab technique and instrumental methodology, giving you a firm grounding in chemistry, biology, and biochemistry By taking a broad spectrum of lab courses, you’ll develop a comprehensive repertoire of skills that will serve you well in a variety of modern lab settings, including academic, medical, or industrial labs.
Why UNE for Laboratory Science
Ranked a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie Classification, UNE boasts all the advantages and resources that you would expect at a large institution. Yet we provide a small, intimate college environment that gives you the one-on-one attention and access to sophisticated equipment that are uncommon at the undergraduate level. The Laboratory Science major offers:
- Training in state-of-the-art lab techniques
- Abundant local internship opportunities
- Focus on independent experimental design
- Proximity to health professions programs
- Formal and informal peer mentoring
- Teaching assistantships
Whether you’re destined for a career in medical technology, quality control, biotechnology, or pharmacology, your major in Laboratory Science will provide the knowledge, laboratory skills, analytical abilities, and internship experience you need to succeed.
As a Laboratory Science graduate, there are many professions that you may explore, including:
- Biotechnology Researcher
- Biomedical Scientist
- Laboratory Technician
- Clinical Research Associate
- Research Scientist
- Science Journalist
- Forensic Scientist
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.
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Examples of available courses
The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:
- Physical Chemistry
- Advanced Lab
- Instrumental Analysis
- Advanced Biochemistry Lab
- Quantitative Analysis
- Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology
We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements.
In our Laboratory Science program, you’ll engage in hands-on learning by working with faculty on research projects, conducting your own lab experiments, and getting on-the-job experience through internships – because at UNE we believe in learning by doing.
We offer a breadth of research opportunities not commonly found at the undergraduate level – from synthesizing bioactive compounds and engineering protein materials to synthesizing small molecule drugs and exploring environmental toxicology,
- Collaborate with faculty on innovative research
- Engage in undergraduate research in your coursework
- Perform paid research
- Present at conferences and publish your findings
You may complete an internship over the summer at sites including hospitals, private or government labs, educational institutions, or science centers. Or intern during the academic year with one of the prestigious employers with which we partner:
- Jackson Laboratories
- Katahdin Labs
See the world
At UNE, Laboratory Science students can spend a semester abroad and stay on track with their rigorous lab requirements. Our semester-long programs in Tangier, Morocco, and Seville, Spain, offer science labs in English. Or, if you prefer a shorter study abroad experience, we offer a variety of faculty-led travel courses that will take you on exciting trips to places such as Belize, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Iceland, Italy, and Kenya.