Welcome to the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine! We offer an exciting diversity of degree programs for our students. Undergraduate programs range from health professions and ecology concentrations in Biology, to practical training in Medical Laboratory Sciences, to degrees in Zoology and Botany. The courses are taught by faculty who are highly dedicated to education and include recipients of a number of teaching awards on college, university, and national levels. Incoming first-year students start with Schoodic Experience, which introduces them to our programs, faculty, and each other during a fun hands-on orientation program held at the Schoodic Education and Research Center on the beautiful coast of Maine. After that, they proceed to the array of classroom, laboratory, and field experiences that prepare them to a wide variety of rewarding careers.
On the graduate level, we administer Master of Science degree programs in Botany, Entomology, and Zoology, and Ph.D. programs in Biological Sciences and in Zoology. We also cooperate in the interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and a Ph.D. program in Plant Science. In addition, our Four Plus programs are designed to allow highly dedicated students to obtain both B.S. and M.S. degrees in five to six years, while counting nine graduate course credits taken during the senior year towards both the B.S. and M.S. degrees.
Our faculty are national and international leaders in research. The breadth of their expertise ranges from medical physiology to paleoecology, from agricultural genomics to science education, and from contemporary evolution to pest management. Graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to work on projects funded from a variety of federal, state, and private sources, including those associated with the Sustainable Solutions Initiative, the Climate Change Institute, and the Maine Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station.
Please explore our website and feel free to visit us in Orono. As for our alumni, we greatly appreciate your support of our programs, which allows us to continue to bring the best, and most up-to-date educational opportunities to our students!