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
Woodchucks
Effects of arsenic on developing neurons
Neuron
Ecophysiology of marine microorganisms
microbes
Regulation of gene expression during development
Manduca
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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

BIO 353 students
BIO 353 students conducted a survey of vertebrates present at Gilsland Farm as part of a course project for Maine Audubon. Several students will present the group's results at the Maine Naturalist Forum on 13 May, 7 PM, at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth.
Lou Gainey
Dr. Lou Gainey, Professor of Biology, died on 22 April 2015. An animal physiologist who specialized on molluscs, Dr. Gainey joined the USM faculty in 1976, and his distinguished career spanned 38 years. He taught upper level courses in general and comparative physiology, as well as invertebrate zoology. However, in his later years, he most enjoyed teaching marine biology to nonmajors, where he could share fascinating stories about marine life. His obituary was published in the Palm Beach Post.
Photo of loons courtesy of the Sun Journal and Rob Crosby
Camilla Fecteau, who earned her master's in biology at the University of Southern Maine in 2008, will be presenting a talk about common loons Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.

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"