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Biology (with concentration in Ecology), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Orono, ME, United States
The School of Biology and Ecology offers both B.S. and B.A. degrees in Biology.  Both degrees provide a strong background in biological sciences. The B.S. requires more in depth study of chemistry, math, and physics while the B.A. requires more social sciences and humanities. The B.A. ensures a broad liberal arts education and allows more flexibility for minors and double majors.
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A major in biology allows students to explore various aspects of our natural world. Students studying biology have the opportunity to pursue careers in fields such as biotechnology, medicine, environmental studies, human and veterinary medicine, scientific research and development, education, environmental monitoring and regulation, and private design and consulting.

This concentration is intended for students interested in exposure to ecological principles within the context of a rigorous biological sciences curriculum.  The concentration also includes  Introduction to Statistical Ecology and a requirement for a course on environmental influences. A total of 29-35 credits are required to complete the concentration depending on the selections made for each of the requirements.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Students are strongly encouraged to apply by Dec 1 to guarantee priority consideration for merit scholarship awards and to have their application fee waived.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Introduction to Neuroscience 
  • Developmental Biology 
  • Medical Physiology 
  • Medical Physiology Laboratory 
  • Morphogenesis in Development and Disease 
  • Microscopy 
  • Histology
  • Plant Physiology 
  • Neurobiology 
  • Endocrinology 
  • Cell Biology 
  • Cell Biology Laboratory 
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology 
  • General Microbiology
  • General Microbiology Laboratory 
  • Infectious Disease 
  • Infectious Disease Laboratory 
  • Bacterial Physiology 
  • Bacterial Physiology Laboratory 
  • Introductory Immunology 
  •  Field Natural History of Maine 
  • Introductory Applied Entomology 
  •  Animal Behavior 
  • Avian Biology and Ecology 
  •  Avian Biology and Ecology Laboratory 
  •  Experimental Ecology 
  •  Biological Invasions 
  •  River Ecology 
  •  Lake Ecology 
  •  Paleoecology 
  •  Field Studies in Ecology 
  •  Plant Pathology
  •  Soil Microbiology 
  • Tree Pests and Disease 
  • Ecology Laboratory 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • a completed application (either the Mobile Friendly App or the Common Application)
  • an official high school transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores (waived for transfers with more than 12 completed credits or applicants age 20 and older)
  • official college transcripts for all attempted college coursework
  • an essay
  • a school recommendation (first-year applicants only)
  • an application fee of $40

Tuition Fee

  • International

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 953 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 953 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    293 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 293 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Orono

  • 1216 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • International Presidential Scholarship
  • International Flagship Scholarship
  • International Dean’s Scholarship
  • Maine Global Partner Scholarship
  • IEI Bridge Scholarship
  • IEI Discovery Scholarship

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