Bachelor of Science in Medical Biology

UNE is recognized as Maine’s leading health professions and health sciences University. Learn about our state-of-the-art labs and academic facilities, our supportive community, and the rewarding careers of UNE Medical Biology graduates.

Study Medical Biology at Maine’s Leading University for the Health Professions

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.

Why UNE for Medical Biology – Medical Sciences

  • Study at Maine’s leading health professions and health sciences university
  • UNE is ranked #1 in Maine for graduates getting a job — Zippia
  • Complete important prerequisite courses as a pre-med student
  • Join a welcoming community of people who are passionate about health like you are
  • Work on cutting edge research alongside faculty
  • UNE students are more likely to be interviewed and get accepted to UNE’s most competitive professional programs, including medicine, dental medicine, and PA
  • Access to accelerated 3+4 bachelor’s-to-doctorate pathways with UNE’s medical and dental colleges
  • Access to accelerated 4+1 biology bachelor’s to master’s track
nicole robitaille

The advisors, professors, and professional staff at UNE really helped prepare me for my future.

Medical Biology (Pre-Physician Assistant Track), Physician Assistant (M.S.P.A.)

What Will You Study? Medical Biology Degree Curriculum Overview

There are many ways you can navigate this major.

B.S. in Medical Biology 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.


CAS Core RequirementsCredits
Total Credits42
Program Required CoursesCredits
BIO 105/105L – Biology I: Ecology/Evolution w/LabCredits Fulfilled by Core Requirements
BIO 106/106L – Biology II: Cellular/Molecular w/Lab4
BIO 214/214L – Genetics w/Lab4
BIO 245/245L – Gen Prin of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I w/Lab4
BIO 345/345L – Gen Prin of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology II w/Lab5
BIO 370 – Cell and Molecular Biology3
CHE 110/110L – General Chemistry I w/Lab or CHE 150/150L – University General Chemistry I w/Lab4
CHE 111/111L – General Chemistry II w/Lab or CHE 151/151L – University General Chemistry II w/Lab4
CHE 210/210L/210S – Organic Chemistry I w/Lab and LabLecture or CHE 250/250L/250S – University Organic Chemistry I w/Lab and LabLecture5
CHE 211/211L/211S – Organic Chemistry II w/Lab and LabLecture or CHE 251/251L/251S – University Organic Chemistry II w/Lab and LabLecture5
CHE 310/310L – Fundamentals of Biochemistry w/Lab4
MAT 150 – Statistics for Life SciencesCredits Fulfilled by Core Requirements
MAT 190 – Calculus I4
PHY 110 – Physics I or PHY 210 – University Physics I4
PHY 111 – Physics II or PHY 211 – University Physics II4
BIO 200-level or higher elective*3–4
BIO 400-level or higher capstone course**3–4
Total Credits60–62
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits)Variable
Minimum Total Required Credits120

*Not satisfied by BIO 210, BIO 295 or Internship/Research/Speaker Series
**Not satisfied by BIO 410, BIO 495 or Internship/Research courses

To learn more about the program, visit the Academic Catalog.

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 Master of Science in Biotechnology. In this program, you can enroll in graduate-level courses as an undergraduate and transfer up to twelve (12) credits to Northeastern's master's degree program offered by the Roux Institute. By doing so, you earn two (2) degrees in five (5) years.

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in either the Bachelor of Science with a major in Medical Biology or the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biochemistry program at UNE.

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

Academic Advising

First and Second Year Advising

All first-and second-year students are assigned a professional academic advisor. Academic advising gives you the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of:

  • Major specific and core required courses
  • Course selection, registration, and academic plans
  • Adjusting to the academic transition to college
  • Minors or secondary majors
  • Building internships and study abroad into your academic plan
  • On-campus resources available at UNE

You are encouraged to schedule appointments to meet with your advisor on a regular basis and not just in the weeks preceding the registration process.

Faculty Advisors

During your first two years, a member of the Biology faculty will serve as your secondary advisor. After the conclusion of your first two years, a faculty advisor will take over as your primary advisor for the remainder of your undergraduate studies. Faculty advisors are a great resource for information on curriculum-specific questions, research opportunities, and to provide insight into graduate programs or career options in your field of interest.

As a student in a Biology program, you are required to attend mandatory pre-registration advising appointments* with your primary advisor in the fall and spring. You will be given an alternate pin number to use at the time of registration and will receive an email with details on how to sign up for these meetings. Until you attend a mandatory advising meeting, you will not have access to register for classes in the following semester.

Pre-registration advising meetings must be completed during mid-October through mid-November of your fall semester and mid-March through mid-April of your spring semester.

*A drop-in appointment, faculty advisor meeting, or an appointment with a peer advisor will NOT complete this requirement.

Pre-Health Advising

Assistant Director of Pre-Health Advising James Gaffney works with all students interested in applying to a graduate school in the health professions. 

You are expected to perform successfully on admissions tests specific to your graduate program. For information regarding test prep options and when to take these exams, contact James Gaffney.

Learn more about pre-health advising

Meet Kheilin

A Medical Biology Major 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.

Watch more videos about biological sciences at UNE

Careers for Medical Biology Majors

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 for B.S. in Medical Biology Students

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.


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

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

An Ideal Pre-Med Major

UNE’s B.S. in Medical Biology sets you up for success as a pre-med student. Whether you are interested in going into medical, dental, veterinary, or physical therapy school, our Medical Biology degree program helps you complete important prerequisites and gain relevant hands-on experience. UNE also offers a Medical Biology Pre-Physician Assistant (Pre-PA) track where your curriculum is tailored to meet all academic requirements for admittance into a PA graduate program, including our own.

There are additional pathways available for your medical biology studies at UNE. Keeping with a pre-med track, you can apply for the accelerated 3+4 programs with UNE’s medical and dental colleges. We also offer a 4+1 B.S./M.S. track where you can complete your undergraduate degree and master’s in Biological Sciences in just five years. UNE has also partnered with The Roux Institute at Northeastern University to offer a 4+1 accelerated M.S. in Biotechnology.

B.S. in Medical Biology Degree Facilities

In addition to the typical resources found on a college campus, we also offer extensive computer resources, laboratories, and classroom facilities.

Harold Alfond Center

Sitting at the center of campus, facilities within the Harold Alfond Center for the Health Sciences include numerous lecture halls and teaching labs used by all majors within the School of Biological Sciences.

It is also the primary hub for undergraduate research within the School, housing the majority of faculty research labs and our indoor-access greenhouse.

Take a virtual tour of the Alfond Center

Launch Alfond Center for Health Sciences

Peter and Cécile Morgane Hall

Morgane Hall contains the administrative offices of the School of Biological Sciences and most of its faculty. There are two lecture classrooms, two multi-purpose biology labs, and a genetics and microbiology lab.  

The building also houses chemistry and physics labs with models and computer simulators for in-depth study of both biological and physical science concepts.

Take a virtual tour of Morgane Hall

Launch Morgane Hall

Experiential Learning in the Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Biology Program

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.

Research for Medical Biology Majors

  • 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

Research Opportunities

Cellular and Molecular Biology Labs

Labs dedicated to cellular and molecular research include:

  • Kristin Burkholder, Ph.D., Microbiology Lab
    • Studies the interaction of bacterial pathogens with their environment and host cells by employing techniques of classical microbiology, molecular biology, cell culture and microscopy.
  • Geoff Ganter, Ph.D., Drosophila Neurogenetics Lab
    • Employs genetic, microscopic, and behavior analysis approaches to identify targets for future pain medications.
  • Jenn Garcia, Ph.D., Molecular Genetics Lab
    • Uses techniques such as northern blotting, next-generation sequencing, immunoblotting, molecular cloning, quantitative PCR, microscopy, and yeast genetics to understand mechanisms that regulate gene expression in response to stress.
  • Lei Lei, Ph. D., Molecular Biology Lab
    • Studies developmental neurobiology and molecular evolution using molecular and bioinformatic tools


Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Labs

Labs dedicated to ecology and evolutionary biology research include:

  • Ursula Roese, Ph.D., Chemical Ecology Lab
    • Investigates chemical interactions between plants, insects, and microorganisms as well as applications that involve testing of plant compounds against human pathogens - using extractions and head space collections, as well as instrumentation to analyze organic compounds, including Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection (GC-FID) and Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)


Medical Biology Labs

Labs dedicated to medical biology research include:

  • David Sandmire, M.D., Physiology Lab
    • Contains software and hardware equipment to measure beat-to-beat heart rate variability (HRV) as a gauge of sympathetic nervous system activity to objectively estimate anxiety level in response to art making

Internships for Medical Biology Majors

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 email the Academic and Career Advising Center at

Medical Biology Students Provide EMS Care to the UNE Community

Travel Courses for Medical Biology Majors

UNE's travel courses allow you to stay on track with your lab sciences and College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum while gaining enriching international experience.

The below travel courses are taught by Biology faculty.

Costa Rica

BIO 290/290L or BIO 451 Tropical Forests and Global Change

Greg Zogg, Ph.D.

This is a spring semester course that includes travel to Costa Rica for nine days during spring break, where you will explore the biodiversity of both tropical rainforests and dry forests. You will conduct fieldwork examining how human-induced changes in the environment — such as defaunation, invasive species, and global warming — impact these two forest types.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to zipline through the forest canopy, spend time at the beach, and enjoy the sights and sounds of tropical forests. Upon return, you will spend the rest of the semester drawing upon your travel experience to help you identify strategies to protect these natural systems from further human disturbance.

This course can be taken at either the 200- or 400-level, with students enrolling at the 400 level having greater expectations in terms of both depth of study and workload, and serving as research team leaders on group projects before, during, and after travel to Costa Rica.

U N E biological sciences students walk the rainforest in Costa Rica while taking a travel course



Kaushik Dutta

This is a semester-long seminar examining the importance of anatomical study as represented in the art of ancient Rome, and its re-emergence and elaboration during the Italian Renaissance.

The highlight of the course is a trip to Italy in May during which you will tour historic sites in Rome, Siena, Pisa, Florence, and Bologna, representing the birthplace of modern anatomical science in some of Europe’s oldest universities. You will discover the many varied connections between anatomical study and art, especially in Renaissance Italy.

An individual research project with a multimedia presentation will be required.

To enroll in these courses, you must submit an application to the Global Education Program. You can also apply for a Global Education scholarship when applying to these courses.

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