Health Professions

Biology is the most popular major nationwide for students preparing for graduate study in the Health Professions.

Our BS degrees in Biology, Zoology, and Botany provide a solid foundation for further study in medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, and other health-related fields.

The School of Biology & Ecology offers 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 human anatomy, developmental biology, morphogenesis in development and disease, medical physiology, histology, genetics, neurobiology, and cell biology. Students can 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 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 clinical laboratory sciences and medical technology may enroll in the Medical Laboratory Sciences curriculum.

The University of Maine, New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Logan College of Chiropractic (LCC)  cooperate in providing accelerated undergraduate curricula leading to consideration for early admission to the cooperating colleges. Students complete three years at the University of Maine and are awarded the B.S. in Biology upon the successful completion of the first year curriculum at NECO or LCC. The University of Maine also has an articulation agreement with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). Contact the Office of Health Professions (207) 581-2587 for complete program details.