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Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses


If you’d like to combine a firm foundation in the liberal arts with an emphasis in the sciences, our Biology program is for you. Our courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics will guide you toward advanced work in the biological sciences, while science electives will enable you to build expertise in an area of special interest.

Degree Offered: B.A. in Biology
Offered on the Augusta campus

Sponsored by the Science Faculty of the University of Maine at Augusta

 2013     

All are invited to the 11th Annual Lecture in Biology

Thursday, April 18, noon - 1:00pm

138 Randall Student Center, Augusta Campus

This lecture will be broadcast live to the Bangor Campus. Room TBD

 

Speaker:  Dr. Dorothy Klimis-Zacas.   

Lecture Topic: Slow Food and Its Health Benefits-----From Farm to Healthy Body

 

The lecture is followed by a luncheon for BA Biology majors with the science faculty.

2012

Speakers:  Christopher Lage, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology & Peter Milligan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology 

Topic:  Effects of Turkeys on Maine Agriculture

2011

Speaker: Kenneth Lombard, MD.

Topic:  Chiildhood Obesity.

Watch Dr. Lomabard's lecture.

2010

Speaker: David W.Towansend, Ph.D., Professor of Oceanography, University of Maine

Topic: Red Tide and its Effect on Maine's Shellfish

2009

Speaker: Dr. Robert Steneck, University of Maine professor of oceanography, marine biology, and marine policy

Topic: Brave New World: Global climate change, fishing and the future of our blue planet 

2008

Speaker:Dr. Stephen Sears, MD, Vice President of Medical Administration at Mercy Hospital

Topic: Superbugs: The Problem of Drug Resistant Bacteria

2007

Speaker: Laurent Beauregard, PhD, Associate Director of the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health

Topic:Cancer Families: The Influence of Genetics on Cancer Risk

2006

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Pelletier, MD, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist Maine CDC

Topic: Pandemic Influenza

2005

Speaker: Brian Kramer, PhD, Research Associate Robert Woods Johnson Medical School

Topic: Stem Cell Research and Parkinson’s Disease

2004

Speaker: Dr. Margaret Greenwald, MD, Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maine

Topic: Forensic Science in Maine: The Role of the Medical Examiner

2003

Speaker: Dr. Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, Maine Director of Public Health

Topic: Emerging Issues in Biology; Terrorism and Obesity!

About the Program

Experts in their field, the Biology professors at UMA are first and foremost teachers focused on the student. Combine that with UMA’s small classes and labs, and you’re guaranteed to receive the attention and career guidance you need. 

Beyond course and lab work, the Biology department also offers the student opportunities to work directly with faculty on innovative scientific research projects, or intern at a collaborating institution such as the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory of the Department of Health and Human Resources, or volunteer in Haiti as part of a course in global health

UMA’s Biology majors graduate with a broad spectrum of career options. Many of our graduates have obtained positions in laboratory science in both the public and private sectors and in education, while others have pursued graduate study in the biological sciences, medical school, and in allied health programs leading to careers as a physician’s assistant or pharmacologist. Biotechnology, environmental monitoring, and research laboratories are other possibilities for the UMA Biology graduate.

Recent Accomplishments and Awards - Congratulations to All!

Biology major Tristen Ripley was accepted to Tufts Medical School Maine Track Early Assurance Program. This program grants medical school admission to a select group of sophomores.  Tristen's stellar academic record combined with his experiences in Haiti as a part of BIO 494 Perspectives in Global Health set him apart from the other applicants.

Mathew Collins (BA BIO, 2012) selected as student graduation speaker.  Listen to Mat's speech at Graduation 2012.  

Science Faculty Receive Awards at Convocation, September 21, 2012

Peter Milligan, Associate Profesor of Biology - Distinguished Scholar Award

Susan Baker, Associate Professor of Science - Distinguished Educator Award and selected as a faculty speaker at Convocation. 

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Skills You'll Acquire

As a Biology major you will become a problem-solver who likes challenges. You will learn to be accurate, reliable, work well under pressure and finish a task once started. You will also communicate well, both verbally and in writing. Listed below are some representative skills and abilities that you will acquire.

InvestigationCommunication
Understanding cause & effect
Observing carefully
Designing experiments
Relating lab findings to common disease process
Utilizing formulae
Using medical terminology
Writing reports
Educating others
Training others 
Working as a team member
  
TechnicalAnalysis
Using laboratory equipment
Maintaining laboratory equipment
Monitoring quality control
Applying principles of safety
Attending to detail
Collecting & processing specimens
Perceiving patterns/structures
Examining specimens
Conducting tests
Analyzing data

 

Careers You Can Seek

As a Biology graduate, you will be able to apply your skills in a variety of settings including health care, business and industry, government and research organizations. The following is a list of some of your career options.

Health CareGovernment/Public Service
Laboratory Technician
Clinical Toxicologist*
Diagnostic Virologist*
Physician Assistant* 
Medical Doctor*
Water Quality Inspector
Forensic Laboratory Assistant
Food Technologist
EPA Staff Member
Science Teacher (HS, College)*
  
ResearchBusiness/Industry
Cancer Researcher*
Pharmaceutical Research Assistant 
Epidemiologist*
Genetics Researcher*
Cytotechnologist*
Chemist
Color Development Chemist
Brewery Laboratory Analyst
Paper Mill Lab Technician
Pharmaceutical Sales
Sales Representative for Biotechnical Instrumentation and Reagents

* Graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.

 

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