Medical Biology (Medical Sciences)

Bachelor of Science with a major in Medical Biology- Medical Sciences Track

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology

Dr. Stine Brown


Biology is an exploration of the living world that underscores and explains the unity and diversity of life. But it is also a truly human endeavor in that it affects us all. Because we live at this time in human history – at the beginning of what many believe to be a biological age – students must be able to apply biological concepts to the wide array of problems and choices they inevitably face.

Students who major in biology programs become familiar with all levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems, and gain practical experience in both laboratory and field studies.  Small classes enable the faculty to adopt an approach to learning that stresses how different subjects are related to each other, facilitates critical thinking, and encourages a collaborative approach to learning between students and faculty.  Professors want students to experience the excitement and to see the applications of biology as well as appreciate science as a way of knowing about the world around them.  In addition, the medical biology program stresses the importance of field opportunities, research experience and experiential learning.  The department also offers a graduate degree in Biological Sciences (master level) which is detailed in the graduate portion of this catalog.  The department's medically related programs benefit from interaction with the College of Osteopathic medicine as well as UNE's graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant.  Visit our graduate programs page for details.

Major Description

The medical biology major is designed to provide a strong foundation in the biological sciences for students who ultimately pursue careers in human medicine, dentistry, other health professions (e.g. physical therapy), biomedical research, or the biotechnology industry. Students in the medical biology major can choose one of two possible tracks: (1) medical sciences track, and (2) pre-physician assistant track.

The medical sciences track provides students with a solid foundation in the biological sciences at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and organismal levels. In addition to the comprehensive introduction to general biology, the courses offered in this track introduce the student to the fields of physiology, biochemistry, cellular biology, and genetics. This track also includes those courses that are pre-requisite courses for entrance into medical and dental schools and graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and other health professional programs. The many laboratory-based courses in this track allow students to become familiar with the most up-to-date laboratory techniques used for biological research, an advantage for students who wish to enter graduate schools in the biomedical sciences or to work in the biotechnology industry. Finally, students in this track have the opportunity to complete off-campus internships for college credit (e.g. in hospital, clinical, or laboratory setting).

This program is designed for: pre-medical students, pre-dental students, pre-veterinary students, students who will eventually enter graduate school in the biological sciences, and students who will eventually enter the biotechnology industry.

Transfer Credit

Courses previously completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program.  Transferred biology courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the biology courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents.  Otherwise, they will transfer as general electives.  All Biology courses previously completed must be no older than eight years.  Other options and restrictions apply.  See Undergraduate Admissions also.

Curricular Requirements
CAS Core Requirements 42-43
Program Required Courses 30-33
BIO 105 -Biology I: Ecology/Evolution (included in core requirements) 4
BIO 106 -Biology II: Cellular/Molecular 4
BIO 200-Genetics or BIO 207 Organismal Genetics 4-5
BIO 245-Gen Prin of Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I 4
BIO 345-Gen Prin of Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology II 5
BIO 370-Cell Biology 3
BIO 200 or higher elective (not satisfied by Internship/Research) 3-4
BIO 400 or higher elective (not satisfied by Internship/Research) 3-4
Program Required Science and Mathematics Courses 36
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111 - General Chemistry II 4
CHE 210 - Organic Chemistry I 5
CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry II 5
CHE 310 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry 4
MAT 150-Statistics for Life Sciences 3
MAT 190 - Calculus I 4
PHY 110 - Physics I and 4
PHY 111 - Physics II 4
PHY 210 - University Physics I and  
PHY 211 - University Physics II  
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Additional Guidelines

BIO 210, BIO 275H, BIO 295, BIO 410, BIO 485H and BIO 495 research and internship courses do NOT meet 200- and 400-level course requirements.

Accelerated 3-4 Option Medical Biology-Medical Sciences Track

For those students interested in attending the University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), an accelerated version of this track offers the opportunity to complete this major upon successful completion of three years of undergraduate work and the first year of medical school.  Qualified CAS undergraduate students who wish to become a doctor of osteopathy (D.O), may apply for early admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England following their third year. This "3-4 Program" allows mature, qualified CAS students to complete an undergraduate degree and doctor of osteopathy degree in seven years. The program is for students admitted to CAS in the medical sciences track in the medical biology major. Recommended policy and procedures for this program follow:

  • Complete admission requirements of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the University of New England (see the COM Catalog medical college admission requirements.)
  • Complete CAS graduation requirements for both the medical sciences track in the medical biology major and the CAS Core Curriculum (with the exception of one BIO 400 or higher level course).
  • Successful completion of the first year of COM courses for which 30 hours of credit will be awarded towards meeting the undergraduate degree.
  • Seventy-five percent or 90 credit hours of the total required credit hours for a baccalaureate degree must be completed prior to matriculation in COM.
  • To qualify for the 3-4 Program, students must satisfy a two-year residency which requires that at least two thirds (60 credit hours) of the undergraduate requirements be taken while in CAS.
  • Students entering the 3-4 Program should declare their intention by the end of the fall semester of their second year at the Registration Services office and with their advisor. The form may be obtained online on the Registration Services website.
  • To remain in good standing, students in the 3-4 Program must maintain a UNE cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better (on a scale of 4.00) for all subjects and a science GPA of 3.00 or better.
  • Students should apply to COM at the beginning of the fall semester of their third year. They will undergo the regular admission process as indicated in the UNECOM catalog and be evaluated by the Admission Committee of COM. Students are strongly advised to seek regular advice, counseling, and support from the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC). Continuing support of 3-4 students by the PHPAC requires demonstration of academic strength, personal motivation, and sufficient maturity to indicate probable success in the Osteopathic Medical Program.
  • 3-4 Program students who fulfill requirements as described are guaranteed an interview and are assured of receiving full consideration by the Admissions Committee for admission to COM.
  • Students are encouraged to take the MCAT in April of their second year.
  • During their first year at COM, 3-4 Program students will also be CAS students and are therefore encouraged to continue to seek counsel and guidance of PHPAC of CAS.
  • First-year 3-4 COM students will submit a "Petition to Graduate" form to the Registration Services office during the first week of their second semester and will be awarded a baccalaureate degree upon satisfactory completion of the first year at COM. This form may also be obtained online on the Registration Services website.
  • Students must fulfill all other CAS and COM requirements and business office obligations

Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee

The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) consists of staff and faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences. The major function of this committee is to draft letters of evaluation for students applying to health professions programs such as Medical, Dental and Veterinary schools. Interested students should view our web page for information regarding the protocol for obtaining a PHPAC letter of evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

The expected learning outcomes for students graduating with a bachelor of science degree from the Department of Biology include:

A.  Knowledge of fundamental principles in biology, relevant concepts in mathematics and the physical sciences, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the critical analysis of new biological information, in the following areas.

  • Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life - including cell structure, metabolism, heredity, reproduction.
  • Organismal Diversity - including organismal structure and function, hierarchy of organization, and the evolution of life.
  • Interrelations of Organisms and their environment - including abiotic and biotic interactions, biogeochemical cycles; ecosystems and their dynamics, and human actions and interventions.

B.  Understanding of the process of science, as well as demonstrated competency in biological research, with a particular emphasis on:

  • The scientific method, including observational, comparative and experimental approaches and the tools utilized.
  • A critical reading of the primary scientific literature.
  • Data analysis, interpretation and the communication of scientific results (including oral presentations and scientific report writing).

C. Appreciation for the relevance of the biological sciences to real-world issues, including:

  • Familiarity with avenues and applications of current and future research as well as the careers that use them.
  • Bioethical issues and their biological and social basis.
  • Recognition of the civic responsibility to share knowledge and to apply expertise to the improvement of human and environmental health.

The Department of Biology offers qualified students the option of graduating with Honors in the Research Track. The department does not offer the Scholastic option. See details on the Honors homepage.

Medical Biology Honors Program Requirements
Complete requirements for major
Maintain GPA of 3.50 or higher
HONR 180 - Introduction to Research Across the Disciplines
HONR 480 - Senior Honors Research Seminar
Honors electives (2) offered by any department
Honors Thesis Proposal
Honors Thesis and public defense
Presentation at CAS Research Symposium

Dr. Lei Lei


The medical biology minor requires 6 biology courses, including the introductory biology series. In particular, department of biological sciences majors who wish to take a biology minor must select 4 additional courses beyond those required for their major. No biology courses can satisfy both the major and minor requirements except for the introductory 100-level courses. 

Medical Biology Minor Program Required Courses
BIO 105 - Biology I: Ecology/ Evolution and
BIO 106 - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular
BIO 104 - General Biology and one of:
(BIO 105 - Biology I: Ecology/ Evolution
BIO 106 - Biology II: Cellular/Molecular
BIO 150 - Introduction to Oceanography)
BIO 200 - Genetics
BIO 245 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology I
BIO 345 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology II
BIO 370 - Cell Biology
Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all science and mathematics courses used toward graduation in any of the programs in the Department of Biology. A 2.00 cumulative average in sciences is a requirement for graduation in any of the programs in the Department of Biology.

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This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2013-2014 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication August 12, 2013.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

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