Program Overview

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.

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Kayla Archambault
[The small class sizes make it] so I’ve been able to easily connect with professors...and get more in-depth one-on-one time. It makes it easier to go to office hours or get more familiar with the professors.
Chemistry, Applied Mathematics

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
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Careers

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
  • Teacher
  • Science Journalist
  • Toxicologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Phlebotomist

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.

93%

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

(per 2016-2018 graduate surveys)

#1

in Maine for getting a job

(Zippia, 2019)

Academics

Examples of available courses

The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:

  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Lab
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Parasitology
  • Advanced Biochemistry Lab
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Histology
  • Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology

To learn more about the program, see 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 for specific criteria and requirements.

 

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Experiential Learning

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.

Research

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

Internships

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:

  • IDEXX
  • Lonza
  • Jackson Laboratories
  • Envirologix
  • Katahdin Labs

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office Laboratory Science contact Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or csimon@une.edu.

Global Education

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.

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