The Biology program at the University of Maine at Farmington emphasizes hands-on learning with enthusiastic faculty members working with students in classes, in laboratories, and in the field.

The opportunity to conduct real science: observation, experimentation, measurement, sampling and analysis is baked into virtually every Biology course at UMF. It’s this type of real world (and real science) experience you’ll get here.

Biology students at UMF work alongside professors on a range of research topics:

  • the distribution of invasive plant species in terrestrial and lake ecosystems
  • the regeneration of jack pine forests on coastal Maine islands
  • the distribution and habitat preferences of rare dragonflies and butterflies
  • chickadee social behavior
  • the fire ecology of pines and oaks
  • parathyroid gene expression in brook trout
  • the reproductive ecology of Maine seabirds
  • the co-evolution of resistance mechanisms in bacteria
  • the distribution of the West Nile virus in Maine
  • the feeding ecology of dolphins in the Florida Keys

Internship Opportunities and Travel Courses in Biology

UMF Biology students have participated in summer internship opportunities that have included paid research positions here in Maine as well as in Massachusetts, Michigan, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, California,and Florida.

And if you’re interested in experiences still farther afield, our Biology program regularly offers affordable, short-term May Term travel courses to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Costa Rica.

If you’re interested in a bio-medical career, internships are available with regional research labs such as Maine’s renowned Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL), Maine hospitals and Maine bio-tech firms.

UMF Biology graduates regularly go on to graduate schools, professional schools and rewarding careers in laboratory research, state and federal agencies, and teaching.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: Biology

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student —  in every major — will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

BIO 251 Cell Biology
BIO 294 Forest Ecology and Conservation
BIO 321 Tropical Island Ecology
BIO 351 Microbiology
BIO 170 General Zoology
BIO 383 Aquatic Biology
BIO 390 Biology Internship/Field Experience