Biology majors at UMF become members of a scientific community. Scientific techniques of field observation, experimentation, measurement, sampling and analysis are part of virtually every course. Students work side by side with professors in classes, laboratories and in the field conducting research in nearby forests, lakes, rivers, hospitals, health agencies and bio-technological settings. They become proficient in doing and communicating science, often making presentations in public and scientific arenas. A flexible choice of courses, research opportunities and work initiative projects gives students the ability to build their own area of specialization. Graduates go on to further study in graduate and health care professional schools, and to careers in a wide range of fields, including bio-technology, molecular and cellular biology, ecology, and environmental biology.  For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Biology at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in one of the following courses:
    • BIO 150N Human Anatomy & Physiology
    • BIO 160 Plant Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
    • BIO 170 Zoology
    • CHY 141 General Chemistry I
    • CHY 142 General Chemistry II
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Tri Beta).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington:

Can I minor in Biology? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes! UMF has a minor in Biology and also Chemistry, Community Health, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, Health & Medicine, and many other choices.  Click here for more information. Majors related to Biology include Earth and Environmental Science.

UMF also has several Pre-Professional tracks – students can select coursework for pre-chiropractic, pre-dental, pre-med, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, and pre-vet preparation. For more information on UMF’s pre-med and health-related studies, go to:

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Supervisor of Quality Control, Post-doc in Molecular Biology at Harvard University, Physician Assistant at Seaport Family Practice, Ob/Gyn at Miles Memorial Hospital, Material Engineer, Associate Professor, Entomology Assistant, Assistant Aquarist, Wildlife Biologist, Veterinary Technician, Application Developer at IDEXX Laboratories, Radiologic Technologist, National Rabies Management Coordinator, Senior Education Policy Specialist, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Biological Technician, Biologist, Biochemist, Teacher/Professor, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major: Dr. Chris Magri, Preble Hall,, 207-778-8151.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).

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