Training for Careers in Medicine and other Health Professions in the School of Biology and Ecology

Biology is the most popular major nationwide for students preparing for graduate study in the Health Professions. Our BS degrees in Biology and Zoology provide a solid foundation for further study in medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, and other health-related fields. We offer an optional Concentration in Pre-medical Studies that includes all of the requirements for admission to medical school and other health-related fields and several courses that further strengthen our students’ preparation. The concentration provides guidance about the best selection of courses within the major and general education courses.

Students interested in the health professions can choose courses such as comparative anatomy, developmental biology, morphogenesis and differentiation, medical physiology, histology, genetics, neurobiology, and cell biology. Students can also conduct research with our faculty in these subjects. These courses provide important background for the health professions and give the student an appreciation for what the health professions entail.

A special Health Professions Committee advises students on meeting criteria for admissions to post-baccalaureate schools and colleges such as medical schools.

Students planning on a career in medical laboratory sciences (medical technology) enroll in the Medical Laboratory Sciences curriculum.

The University of Maine and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine cooperate to offer an Accelerated Binary Degree Program that allows qualifying students majoring in biology at UMaine to be admitted to the College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNE after three years at UMaine rather than the customary four. Upon successful completion of the first year of medical school at UNE, students participating in this program receive the Bachelor’s degree from UMaine.

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