Bachelor of Arts: Biology
As a Biology major at the University of Maine at Farmington, you'll become a member of a scientific community. The Biology program here emphasizes hands-on learning led by supportive and enthusiastic faculty members with whom you'll work side-by-side in classes, laboratories, and in the field conducting research in nearby forests, lakes, rivers, hospitals, health agencies and bio-tech settings. The process of doing real science (including observation, experimentation, measurement, sampling and analysis) is part of virtually every course.
Biology students here have worked with professors on research projects that have included distribution and habitat preferences of rare dragonflies and butterflies, molecular aspects salt excretion in sharks, chickadee social behavior, fire ecology of pines and oaks, parathyroid gene expression in brook trout, impact of air quality on the distribution of lichens, neurobiology of lobsters, reproductive ecology of Maine seabirds, coevolution of resistance mechanisms in bacteria, distribution of invasive plant species in terrestrial and lake ecosystems, regeneration of jack pine forests on coastal Maine islands, distribution of the West Nile virus in Maine, behavioral ecology of Atlantic whales, and the feeding ecology of dolphins in the Florida Keys.
UMF's pristine location in the foothills of the western Maine mountains gives you access to a wealth of field-study opportunities - right in your own backyard. UMF Biology majors also have diverse 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 travel courses to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Costa Rica.
For students interested in laboratory research or professional programs, internships are available with regional research labs, hospitals, and bio-technology firms.
Our Biology students also participate each year in a functional genomics research course through the INBRE program at Maine's renowned Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL). In addition to the research course, the INBRE program funds two summer research fellowships at MDIBL each year. This fellowship program gives UMF students specific research training in functional genomics and biomedical research.
"I've never had a class with a Biology professor here who isn't passionate and doesn't absolutely love what they're teaching. It becomes more fun because their energy and enthusiasm is contagious. They're so willing to share their knowledge and enthusiasm."
-- Emily Jones
From Winslow, Maine
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student - regardless of their major - will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will take core courses in Biology that include Plant Biology, Zoology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, and Ecology.
But you'll also be to put your own unique stamp on your Biology degree by focusing on an area of specialization such as molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, forest ecology, animal behavior, wildlife ecology, conservation biology, bioinformatics, medicine, or dentistry (see more info about our Pre-Med program).
Some of the diverse electives that you may choose in order to mold your own unique Biology experience at UMF include:
|• Marine Biology|
|• Tropical Island Ecology|
|• Animal Behavior|
|• Comparative Anatomy|
|• Developmental Biology|
|• Conservation Biology|
|• Senior Research Project|
|• General Physiology|
|• Forest Ecology and Conservation|
|• Field Botany|
|• Aquatic Biology|
|• Environmental Impact Assessment|
|• Independent Study (Research)|
|• Biology Internship|
For additional information about Biology at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
US tel 207-778-7050
Intl. tel 00-1-207-778-7050