The Department of Biological Sciences offers a B.S. with the opportunity to concentrate in human biology, biotechnology, and ecology, as well as a two-year nondegree program in pre-pharmacy and postbaccalaureate certificates in pre-medical studies and pre-veterinary studies. All programs of study provide students with a liberal arts education emphasizing the sciences. Students also get strong hands-on experience by taking at least 4-6 lab classes, and many students get enhanced practical experience through research positions (volunteer, work study, grant funded, and fellowships) in science research labs at USM and elsewhere. The Department of Biological Sciences also offer a master’s degree in biology, with both thesis research and literature research options.
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Get involved in research!
It's never too early to start thinking about your life after graduation! USM Biology faculty engage in a variety of research projects, and many of us welcome undergraduate students to work with us, which provides you with valuable experience for work or graduate school. Browse the list of faculty (under People) and research activity (under Research) and contact someone whose interests align with your own. It just might be the most rewarding part of your college experience!
Tom Knight Biology Scholarship
Tom was passionate about teaching students both in the classroom and in his research lab. This passion and devotion made him a beloved faculty member with students. To honor his commitment to students, the Biology Departtment is establishing funds for a needs-based scholarship for a Biology student who has a serious interest in biology, is working hard, and making good progress toward their studies.
People can donate to the fund in honor of Tom's memory in two ways, making sure they specifically designate their donation to the Tom Knight Biology Scholarship:
Checks payable to: University of Southern Maine
Note in memo line: Tom Knight Biology Scholarship
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Portland, ME 04104-9300
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Under Gift Details : Type in Designation Box: "Tom Knight Biology Scholarship"