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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: Bachelor of Arts
Available on the Augusta campus

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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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.

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
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

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)*
Cancer Researcher*
Pharmaceutical Research Assistant
Genetics Researcher*
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.

Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of science and its influence on society and the natural world in order tbe responsible and reflective professionals by:
    • Understanding that all living things have characteristics in common, share and evolutionary history, and belong tthe biosphere.
    • Understanding the importance of biological diversity
    • Making informed assessments of the opportunities and risks inherent in the scientific enterprise
    • Having a knowledge and skill base that enables them tcontinue teducate themselves about scientific and technological issues
    • Having an understanding of the knowledge, skills and attitudes concerning the nature of scientific enterprise, integrative concepts, and the social and historical context of science
  • Demonstrate competencies in the biological sciences ta level that prepares them for graduate programs or careers in the field by:
    • Having an understanding of the methods and processes of scientific inquiry
    • Understanding that cell structure, physiology, and biochemistry serve as a foundation for organisms in the biosphere
    • Understanding the chemical basis of life
    • Demonstrating technological proficiency and sound knowledge of safe laboratory practices
  • Demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills needed by:
    • Applying mathematic tools tanalyze scientific problems
    • Developing and analyzing experimental data sets
    • Obtaining a basic understanding of statistics and statistical applications
    • Demonstrating a quantitative understanding of experimental error and uncertainty