Department of Biological Sciences

The Biology Department at USM: cellular structure and function; plants, animals and microbes; ecology and evolution
Biology Department logo
Effects of kinship on social organization
Woodchucks
Effects of arsenic on developing neurons
Neuron
Environmental and endogenous factors affecting gill function in clams
clam on half shell
Ecophysiology of marine microorganisms
microbes
Regulation of gene expression during development
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The Department of Biological Sciences offers several programs, including

B.S. Biology degree with concentrations in

A two-year nondegree program in pre-pharmacy

Postbaccalaureate certificates in

M.S. Biology degree with options for

  • thesis research
  • literature research

Our enrollments have grown steadily (20% increase since 2010). All programs of study provide students with a liberal arts education emphasizing the sciences. Students get strong hands-on experience by taking at least 4-6 lab classes. Many students get enhanced practical experience through research positions,  independent research projects, internships, and fellowships in science labs at USM, area biotechnology firms, and research institutes.

News & Events

Alex Dalton
Congratulations to Alex Dalton, a senior Biology major, who received the Tom Knight Biology Scholarship for 2014-2015.
James, John, and Catherine Wise
Two undergraduate alumni of the Biology Department, John Wise, Jr. (B.S. '13), James Wise (B.S. '13), and a current undergraduate Biology student, Catherine Wise, coauthored a paper, "Concentrations of the Genotoxic Metals, Chromium and Nickel, in Whales, Tar Balls, Oil Slicks, and Released Oil from the Gulf of Mexico in the Immediate Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Crisis: Is Genotoxic Metal Exposure Part of the Deepwater Horizon Legacy?", published recently in Environmental Science and Technology.
Shri Verrill
Shri Verrill, a graduate student in Biology, received a research grant from Sigma Xi in support of her master's thesis project.

Get involved in research!

Colleen Fuller

It's never too early to start thinking about life after graduation! Many USM Biology faculty 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 Knight

Tom was passionate about teaching students both in the classroom and in his research lab. To honor his commitment to students, the Biology Departtment established 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.

On-line gifts can be made to:
http://www.usm.maine.edu/giving
Select "Donate Now"
Under Gift Details : Type in Designation Box: "Tom Knight Biology Scholarship"