Biology

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

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.