Biology Program

Wildlife Biology Concentration











Students in the Intro to Fisheries & Wildlife Management in the field with the Maine State Bear Biologist checking on a tagged bear, and tagging her cubs.


Do you enjoy working in the outdoors?  Studying wildlife? Hands-on science? The wildlife biology concentration may be for you.  

There are a number of possible careers such as:

Wildlife biologist

Conservation officer

Wildlife educator

Park ranger

Veterinary school


The wildlife biology concentration in the Biology program at the University of Maine at Machias is designed to provide you the educational requirements leading to certification as a wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society (

Students at UMM can expect small classes where students receive personal attention by their professors.  Many of the courses emphasize hands on learning and strong field experiences. Through in-class presentations by guest speakers, such as the local game wardens in Fish and Wildlife Management, or out of class opportunities, such as tagging bears during hibernation, we strive to link you with experiences and professionals to further your career goals.  


The Wildlife Biology uses the Biology program plus the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIO 235 Intro to Fisheries & Wildlife Management 3
BIO 355 Conservation Biology 4
BIO 229 Plant Systematics 4
GIS 230 GIS Applications I 4
MAT 215 Applied Statistics 4



Choose one course (2 – 4 credits) from:

ENV 105 Intro to Trees & Wildflowers of Maine
BIO 333 Plant Ecology


Choose two courses (8 credits) from:

BIO 212 Ornithology
BIO 216 Mammalogy
BIO 218 Herpetology
BIO 224 General Entomology


Choose one course (4 credits) from:

MAT 127 Calculus II
BIO 315 Experimental Design & Analysis for Biologists
GIS 330 GIS Applications II


Total Credit Hours:   33 – 35 credits

Since some of the above courses will also meet program requirements, the pre-professional concentration requires only an additional 16 to 23 credits

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