Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Full-time tuition

In-state: $8,910;
Out-of-state: $26,250 (30 credit hours per year). See details and other costs

Financial aid

Average offer covers a large portion of tuition & fees.
In-state: nearly 100%;
Out-of-state: nearly 70%.
May include scholarships, grants, waiver, & work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Tailor your studies to your interests and career goals: Choose a concentration in General Biology, Biotechnology, or Human Biology.
  • Gain real-world experience through an internship, lab or field assistantship, or faculty-mentored research project.
  • Benefit from our admissions partnerships with Tufts University School of Medicine, the Roux Institute at Northeastern University, and University of New England School of Pharmacy.
  • Develop your research skills with high-quality, research-grade science lab equipment.
  • Receive advising support that will help you prepare for medical school, veterinary school, or graduate school.
  • Experience the advantages of our strong community partnerships with organizations including the Maine Health Institute for Research.
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Research opportunities

Gain enhanced practical experience through research projects in our labs, in the field, and through internships with regional companies including biotechnology firms and research institutes.

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Hands-on lab experience

Develop research skills using high-quality, research-grade equipment in our newly renovated science labs. In addition to lab courses, you can pursue a faculty-mentored research project.

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What can I do with this major?

Our graduates pursue careers as lab technicians, research biologists, and state biologists. They are employed with organizations dedicated to biotechnology, the environment, or health-related fields. Many are also accepted to top medical, veterinary, and graduate schools.

Choose from three concentration options

General Biology

Examine life from the molecular to the community level. Explore the foundations of how genetics, ecology, and evolution interact to produce the world we live in.


Prepare for a career or graduate program in biotechnology. Build a solid foundation in both biology and chemistry, with a focus on cell and molecular biology.

Human Biology

Explore the foundations of human health and disease. Prepare for medical school or a career in health-related sciences.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Faculty with broad expertise

Our faculty have extensive research expertise, including in immunology, neurobiology, animal behavior, and marine ecology, among other areas. All full-time faculty hold PhDs in their discipline.

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Connecting you to graduate school

Our partnerships with Tufts Medical School, the Roux Institute, and UNE School of Pharmacy give biology majors a leg up in medical school and graduate school admission.

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Next steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.

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