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As a Biology major at UMM, you learn in the classroom and lab ...and in the unique outdoors of coastal Maine. UMM is located mere minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. We are set among pristine forests and unspoiled rivers and lakes.
Our students actively study biology, combining critical laboratory techniques with wide-ranging field explorations to investigate the central practices of modern biology. Our classes are small; you have ample opportunity to work closely with your instructors throughout your studies. From genetics to ecology; from the study of microscopic species to the large mammals of the forests of Maine our students become familiar with the full range of biological science. Our biology majors also benefit from an NSF-funded Geographic Information Systems Lab, which is a powerful tool for mapping and biological research.
Students may complete optional concentrations in wildlife biology, fisheries biology, and Health Professions preparation.
Careers in Biology
Our Biology program is a great start towards career fields such as:
- Aquaculture & Fisheries
- Field Research
- Health Sciences
- Laboratory Research
- Secondary Education
- Veterinary Medicine
Why study Biology at UMM?
Nothing looks better on a résumé than practical experience. Biology majors at UMM enjoy hands-on experiences throughout the curriculum. In addition, you will have opportunities to participate in an internship for career-oriented experience, and to work one-on-one with one of our dedicated instructors on a senior thesis project or an independent study.
We have had several students utilize our 2006 LiCor DNA sequencer to successfully complete independent projects in molecular biology. Two UMM students a year are awarded an opportunity to do molecular research through the INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) grant program. INBRE also provides free hands-on workshops over breaks for students to learn cutting-edge techniques in DNA manipulation and analysis at world-class research institutions such as MDI Biological Laboratory and The Jackson Laboratory.
Pine forests, ocean waters, unspoiled rivers and streams-Downeast Maine's stunning natural resources are like a second classroom for U. Maine Machias students. It’s an ideal location for a naturalist.
You'll graduate with a solid undergraduate education that enables you to pursue professional employment or further your education.
- Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology
- Ellen Hostert, Professor of Biology
- Tora Johnson, Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems
- Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology
- Gayle Kraus, Professor of Marine Ecology
- Jeremy Nettleton, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
- William Otto, Associate Professor of Chemistry
- Shallee Page, Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry
- Sherrie Sprangers, Professor of Biology
- Gerard Zegers, Associate Research Professor