The Biological Sciences department at Southern Maine Community College offers courses that allow you to explore the natural world through hands-on application of the scientific method.
We offer three degree programs: Biotechnology, Marine Science, and the Liberal Studies Science focus.
Please phone or e-mail me with any and all questions (e-mail will be quicker):
Daniel Moore, Department Chair



The Biotechnology associate in applied science (AAS) degree is the beginning of a career path where the knowledge of biology is used to solve problems in medicine, immunology, forensics, environmental protection, and veterinary science. Biotechnology students at SMCC attend small-sized classes, where they learn not only the fundamentals of chemistry and biology, but also gain laboratory experience culturing cells, extracting DNA, and identifying enzymes to learn the techniques and skills involved in biotechnology. Students have the opportunity to intern for the summer in research laboratories as part of the Biotechnology program. The AAS in Biotechnology can lead directly to entry-level jobs in manufacturing, research and development at biotechnology firms, or it can transfer to a four-year college or university as the foundation for a higher degree.

Marine Science


The Marine Science associate in applied science (AAS) degree offers students extensive hands-on training in the classroom, on the coastline, and aboard the college's research vessel. Our courses provide a wide range of biological and oceanographic experiences. These courses enable students to transfer to a four-year college or university, or gain a foothold directly into a career in a field science-related field. In addition to basic boat and field sampling equipment, students learn to use a variety of technologically advanced equipment like multibeam echo sounders, side scan sonars, ROVs, and data sondes. Small class sizes, experienced faculty, and a beautiful coastal location make the Marine Science program at SMCC uniquely suited to Maine and New England!

Our AAS degree in Marine Science now transfers in its entirety to the first two years of UNE's Marine Biology bachelor of science (BS) degree program and USM's Environmental Science bachelor of science degree program. This means our marine science graduates will enter UNE or USM as a junior.


Liberal Studies Science focus

The Liberal Studies Science focus associate in arts (AA) degree program is designed to transfer as the first two years of a four-year bachelor of science degree. The curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in science (biology, chemistry, physics, and subfields), along with many of the general education courses necessary to complete a more advanced degree at a four-year university or college of their choice. The science labs are located in Hildreth Hall (shown below).
Our AA in Liberal Studies Science now transfers in its entirety to the first two years of USM's Environmental Science bachelor of science (BS) degree program and its Environmental Policy and Planning bachelor of arts (BA) degree program. This means SMCC liberal studies science graduates will enter USM as a junior in these two programs.

                                                        More information about the Liberal Studies Science focus degree program

                                                                                      Courses required for the degree

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