What will I learn?

A major in biology allows students to explore various aspects of our natural world. Students studying biology have the opportunity to pursue careers in fields such as biotechnology, medicine, environmental studies, human and veterinary medicine, scientific research and development, education, environmental monitoring and regulation, and private design and consulting.

Biology majors study how living organisms function at the cellular, tissue, organ, and organism levels. A diverse set of courses allow students to learn evolutional principles, biodiversity, and how organisms interact with each other and with their physical environment.

Biology majors are exposed to a variety of research opportunities. Research in the field of biology aims to increase knowledge about living organisms in order to combat problems we face in fields such as medicine, agriculture, and ecology.

In contrast, the BA degree has a stronger focus on the social sciences and humanities and is particularly well suited for students pursuing a double major or seeking an international perspective.

The program is solidly grounded in the basic sciences (general biology, chemistry, math, and physics) needed to understand the latest research in biology. It also allows a wide range of choice in upper level biology courses permitting students to tailor their degrees to their particular interests within biology. Students choose from a large number of upper level courses taught by distinguished faculty who are accomplished teachers and have cutting edge research programs. Each student works with an academic adviser to develop a curriculum that best meets the student’s goals and allows for exploration within the field.

Students interested in research have many opportunities to participate in important investigations in faculty research laboratories or in the field. This can be for academic credit or for employment during the academic year or the summer and is an important resume builder. Students in their third and fourth years of study who intend to pursue graduate studies are strongly encouraged to include independent research under the guidance of a member of the biology faculty in their program.

This concentration is intended for students interested in exposure to ecological principles within the context of a rigorous biological sciences curriculum.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,030.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

5782 Winslow Hall, Room 100,

ORONO,

Maine,

04469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work.

For international students

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.

All applicants must request that an official English language proficiency exam score is submitted to UMaine by the testing agency:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum score of 79 (IBT) or 550 (paper-based test).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum score of 6.5.

PTE (Pearson Test of English) - minimum score of 53.

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) - completed level C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English).

Waived language tests if:

Native speaker of English (e.g., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, U.K.); SAT Verbal score is 550 or higher; ACT English score is 24 or higher; high school transcript clearly states that English is the language of instruction of all subjects; student studying in the U.S. or Canada for two or more years and not in an ESL track; student has successfully passed an English Composition course at a U.S. higher education institution with a grade of C or higher, even if student has not studied in the U.S. for two or more years; successfully passed the English placement test at UMaine’s Intensive English Institute.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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