SBE 2013 Newsletter
One hundred and sixty first-year students entered the University of Maine this September as majors in the School of Biology and Ecology (SBE), even more than last year. One of the SBE’s greatest challenges is to serve an increasing number of undergraduate students, both majors and non-majors, while maintaining a strong program for graduate education and world-renowned research accomplishments. BIO100, one of our primary foundation courses, had an enrollment of 819 students in the fall semester, 12.5% more than the previous five-year average. Our introductory biology team and many graduate teaching assistants offered 46 lab sections, insuring an average of only 18 students per section. This instructor to student ratio enhances student engagement in our inquiry-based labs, using innovative manuals written and published by our own team.