Program Overview

Have you always envisioned yourself working with animals, but you’re not exactly sure how to turn your dream into a profession? The Animal Behavior degree at UNE is truly interdisciplinary, giving you the flexibility to explore many different career paths. At the crossroads of environmental science, biology, marine sciences, neuroscience, and psychology, Animal Behavior encompasses a wide variety of fascinating subjects. Through faculty-mentored research and hands-on internships, Animal Behavior at UNE provides big-school opportunities in a small school setting. Visit our blog to read more about the class experiences, internships, activities, and accomplishments of our Animal Behavior students and faculty.

A student appreciates the majesty of a tranquilized black bear during a field trip to participate in real ecological research.
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My favorite thing about the Animal Behavior program was how excited the professors were about what they were teaching. Having them as interested in the subject as they were made it much more fun to go to class.
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Why UNE for Animal Behavior

Our program is one of only about a dozen bachelor’s degree-granting programs in Animal Behavior in the country. Take advantage of all its unique offerings:

  • Close faculty mentorship and advising
  • Elective courses in a wide variety of subjects
  • Preparation for diverse career paths
  • Hands-on research and internships working with animals
  • Curriculum tailored to your specific goals
  • Pre-Vet Track


Through your coursework, research, and internship experiences, you will be on track to enjoy a successful career in animal behavior.

There are many fascinating professional fields open to Animal Behavior majors, including:

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Animal Behavior Research
  • Animal Training
  • Animal Caregiving in Zoos and Aquariums
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Animal Rehabilitation

Our graduates have landed jobs at prestigious sites, such as:

  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Columbus Zoo
  • NEADS World Class Service Dogs

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)


in Maine for getting a job

(Zippia, 2021)

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.


Examples of available courses

The following are just some examples of the exciting courses that the Animal Behavior degree offers:

  • Animal Cognition
  • Captive Animal Management
  • Animal Communication
  • Comparative Animal Behavior
  • Animal Personality
  • Conservation Behavior

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

Honors program

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 academic director for specific criteria and requirements.

For more information, contact Zach Olson, Ph.D. | (207) 602-2766 |


Experiential Learning


Our graduates have benefitted from a wide array of enriching internships at sites, including:

  • Center for Wildlife
  • NEADS World Class Service Dogs
  • LaDawn Therapeutic Riding Center
  • New England Aquarium
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

For more information, contact 

Zach Olson, Ph.D.
(207) 602-2766

Global Education

See the world

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

Spend any semester you choose in France, Iceland, Spain, or at UNE’s own global campus in Morocco. Or select from several shorter travel courses that will take you to the homes of exotic wildlife in Belize, Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, or many other exciting locations.

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

Sunset in Belize

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