The Biology program features a diverse curriculum in Biology and provides pre-professional programs for students pursuing admission into medical, dental, veterinarian, pharmacy and optometry schools. Active faculty research programs provide research opportunities to undergraduate students who are interested in graduate school or careers in biology-based laboratories. The Biology program is also a member of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, dedicated to providing marine education, research and service to UM students. A minor in Biology is also offered. Our goal as a department is to produce the best students possible, but in a way that is enjoyable during the time they are at UM.


The student majoring in Biology must complete BIO 101, 105, 106, 205, 206, 307, 490 and 16 hours of biology courses numbered 300 or above (at least 4 credit hours of which must be either BIO 310, 380, 390, 460, or 470); CHEM 121, 122, 221, and 222 or 370; PHYS 201 and 202, or 241 and 242; MATH 157 and 150 (MATH 144 and 149 may be substituted for MATH 150). As a graduation requirement of the major, a student must have a minimum 2.0 (C) average in the major. A complete degree plan can be obtained by downloading the BS Biology Degree Requirements on the right side of this page.


The Biology minor consists of BIO 105: Introductory Biology I and BIO 106: Introductory Biology II; BIO 205: Ecology or BIO 206: Genetics; and 8 additional hours in biology courses, with at least 4 hours from courses numbered 300 or above

Alternative Masters Degree M.Ed.

The College of Arts & Science, in cooperation with the College of Education, offers courses for the Master of Education with a concentration in the field of Biology.

Faculty & Staff

Marine Science

Pre-Professional Programs

Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics Department