Undergraduate Degree Programs

Welcome from the Undergraduate Coordinator

Ann Dieffenbacher-Krall

The School of Biology and Ecology is committed to preparing students to make a positive, substantial impact in their fields and on the world we all share.
Our undergraduate courses are taught by nationally recognized and award-winning faculty who prepare students for successful careers in science, medicine, education, industry, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, agriculture, and many more.
As a Land, Sea, and Space Grant university, we conduct cutting-edge research in topics of consequence to citizens and industries of Maine, the Northeast, and the world. Undergraduate students are an important part of our research program. We emphasize hands-on research experiences.
Our students get an in-depth introduction to each other, our faculty, and our programs through the Schoodic Experience just before the beginning of their first semester.
We invite you to explore our webpage.  Learn about our research projects by clicking on “more details” under faculty listings.

-Ann Dieffenbacher-Krall, Associate Director of the School of Biology and Ecology

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Student Learning Outcomes

Biology, Botany, and Zoology majors:

The School of Biology and Ecology curricula for Biology, Botany, and Zoology  majors, both BA and BS, emphasize the broad knowledge base and skills to analyze information across disciplines as is required for modern biology, with knowledge of new approaches and new technology. Each and every student, whether they focus on plants, animals, ecology, human health, insects, or other areas, leaves the University of Maine as a well rounded biologist able to enter a broad array of career fields.

Student learning outcomes are aligned with those recommended by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation with the input of more than 500 biology faculty, and articulated in Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action (www.visionandchange.org).

Key concepts are emphasized throughout the curriculum:

  • Evolution
  • Pathways and transformations of energy and matter
  • Information flow, exchange, and storage
  • Structure and function
  • Systems

Students gain key competencies:

  • Ability to apply the process of science
  • Ability to use quantitative reasoning
  • Ability to use modeling and simulation
  • Ability to tap into the interdisciplinary nature of science
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with other disciplines
  • Ability to understand the relationship between science and society

Medical Lab Sciences majors:

  1. Students will be able to apply their understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and biology to explain the key principles of biochemistry, microbiology, and pathology.
  2. Students will demonstrate competent use of appropriate technology and procedures to observe and accurately characterize physiological functions of patients.
  3. Students will be able to consistently develop strategies to produce accurate and/or feasible solutions to complex quantitative and qualitative problems.
  4. Students will demonstrate competency in the ability to work well both independently and collaboratively and to conduct, analyze and report findings.
  5. Students will exercise responsible and ethical conduct in testing and research demonstrating honesty, accuracy, efficiency, and objectivity while upholding the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.
  6. Students will be able to successfully demonstrate synthetic and integrative thinking when applying their knowledge to identify diseases from a variety of tests and results.
  7. Students will be able to effectively, clearly and accurately communicate findings in both written and oral forms, including but not limited to acquisition and maintenance of data records and current knowledge of the field.