From the very beginning of your academic career at UMM, you will work closely with your instructors both in the laboratory and in the field. We offer unique opportunities for student–centered undergraduate research, examining local marine organisms and their ecosystems. Our faculty specialize in teaching outdoors to enhance hands-on learning. You will learn about the biology and ecology of marine plants and animals inhabiting oceans, rocky shores, tidal pools, marshes, mudflats, and other marine environments. From the small to the large, from algae to marine mammals, UMM’s program in Marine Biology offers you a hands-on approach to the fascinating field of marine science. These experiences will provide you with skills highly valued by employers.

In addition to coursework, we offer you practical, work-based learning experiences. In particular, UMM has an ongoing partnership with the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education (DEI), where you can conduct research in the area of shellfish and finfish research. Located 25 miles west of campus in the island community of Beals, about 30 minutes from the Machias campus, DEI serves as UMM’s Marine Science Field Station. The field station is immediately adjacent to the ocean, overlooking a working waterfront with variety of marine habitats within a quarter of a mile of the field station.

Program Goals

  • To provide a rich and rigorous undergraduate experience in marine biology that focuses on the biological, social, and historic uniqueness of our geographic setting.
  •  To provide students an opportunity to enhance their analytical and communication skills through independent study or senior thesis.
  •  To provide students with access to mariculture or other marine-­based industries to enhance their competitive advantage in the job market.
  •  To prepare students to think critically at all junctures of their academic and work­ related careers.
  •  To provide rigorous training for students planning to further their education in professional studies or graduate school.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology