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The biology major provides opportunities for students who are fascinated with living organisms to develop their passion.

The New McKay Agricultural Research Facility will expand research opportunities for the community.

The Center for Biodiversity includes students and faculty in the Biology and Marine Biology programs. We focus on the examination and preservation of biodiversity in marine, terrestrial, and freshwater habitats and prepare students to become successful leaders in this important field. 

Our programs emphasize the crucial dynamics of biodiversity—loss of biodiversity affects our food sources, our medicines, our ability to combat disease, our raw materials for industry, and our overall sense of being. By providing essential scientific knowledge of the physical and life sciences, we ensure our students learn to effectively address issues of biodiversity in all types of habitats.

Embracing a Broad Science Foundation

Students enrolled in the Center for Biodiversity’s degree programs learn field and lab techniques—as well as the math, computer, writing, and reasoning skills that are the hallmark of a quality liberal arts education. 

The Center for Biodiversity allows students to choose an academic path that supports their personal interests, while supplying them with a broad education that opens various options for rewarding future careers.

Developing Biological Science Expertise

As a graduate of one of our Center for Biodiversity programs, students will not only be experienced in the concepts and skills underlying the biological sciences but will be able to apply this knowledge to actual methods of conservation. 

Our rigorous academics provide students with the lifelong learning skills and perspectives they need to become productive field biologists or exceptional candidates for graduate studies.

Hands-on Learning: The Hemlock Ecosystem Management Study

The Center for Biodiversity, in partnership with the Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection, is currently running the Hemlock Ecosystem Management Study—a multi-year study of how the loss of eastern hemlock trees affects ecosystems and people in Maine.

Unity students are working with faculty to map the distribution of hemlock-dominant forests in Maine and to measure the effects of pre-emptive logging and the slow decline of hemlocks in the region. 

The results of this study will help land managers understand what kind of forests to expect as a result of hemlock tree disturbances and how to prepare for change.

Biodiversity Careers

Career options for graduates of our biodiversity programs:

  • Aquarium Biologists
  • Conservation Biologists
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Field Biologists
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Land-Use Planners
  • Nature Guides and Instructors
  • Researchers

Visit Unity College Career Services to learn more about biodiversity careers and student achievements.