Department of Biological Sciences

The Biology Department at USM: cellular structure and function; plants, animals and microbes; ecology and evolution
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Effects of kinship on social organization
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Effects of arsenic on developing neurons
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Ecophysiology of marine microorganisms
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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

Minors in

Postbaccalaureate certificates in

M.S. Biology degree with options for

  • thesis research
  • literature research

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

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Dr. Jeff Walker and Sean Caddigan, an Exercise Science major who graduated in May, coauthored the paper, "Performance trade-offs and individual quality in decathletes," which was published recently in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
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Dr. Lisa Moore, Professor of Biology, is co-organizer of the Next Generation Phenomics workshop, which brings together researchers from throughout the country and will be held 7-8 July on the USM Portland campus.
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As part of their capstone course this spring, Biology majors Jennifer Suttles and Susan Duong wrote an Op-Ed article on the Human Microbiome that was published in the Bangor Daily News.

Get involved in research!

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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"