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Explorations Program Information

Many students hesitate to come to college without a declared major because they feel like they’ll be behind.  Below is an overview of the Explorations program at UMaine.  Learn about all the great reasons that Explorations may actually be the right program for you!

  • Gives students time to experience different areas of study and decide what they want to major in
  • Explorations students take General Education courses, which all students are required to take anyways
  • Everything you do easily transfers to the major you want, as long as you maintain the minimum GPA for that college
    • In order to transfer into a major/college, you will be required to have a minimum GPA, which is usually a 2.0 or 2.5
  • FYE 100, which is a required course during fall semester for all Explorations students, is run by the students’ advisor in small groups of about 20 students
    • In this class you will learn to navigate MaineStreet, including learning how to view your bill and holds on your account, as well as learning how to use MaineStreet to explore the course catalog and register for classes
    • You’ll go with your classmates to explore UMaine resources like the library and Career Center and learn how to use these resources to benefit you throughout your time as a student
    • Different speakers from around campus are also invited in to the class so that you get a lot of really great information about drug and alcohol safety, study abroad opportunities, the Tutor Program, and so on
  • Being in this class makes you feel more comfortable asking questions because you build a really good relationship with your advisor by seeing him or her every week
  • Your advisor also has a better sense of whether you are struggling or not, and will be able to offer advice and resources when you are struggling
  • You won’t be behind just because you choose to be in Explorations, so if you aren’t sure what you want to do this is a great, structured way to learn more about what UMaine offers and find out which program is the right one for you
  • For Fall 2012 they are offering a new pre-business track which will prepare students for business classes since a lot of people switch from Explorations into the Maine Business School

First Year Curriculums

Below are some sample curriculums for first-year students in various majors.  This should give you an idea of what kinds of courses you might take in a given major  how many courses/credits you need to complete each semester to stay on track.

Animal and Veterinary Sciences

First Year – First Semester

  • AVS 145 – Animal Science Credits: 4
  • BIO 100 – Basic Biology Credits: 4
  • CHY 121 – Introduction to Chemistry Credits: 3
  • CHY 123 – Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory Credits: 1
  • MAT 122 – Pre-Calculus Credits: 4
  • NFA 117 – Issues and Opportunities Credits: 1

 First Year – Second Semester

  • BIO 208 – Anatomy and Physiology Credits: 4
  • CHY 122 – The Molecular Basis of Chemical Change Credits: 3
  • CHY 124 – The Molecular Basis of Chemical Change Laboratory Credits: 1
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • MAT 232 – Principles of Statistical Inference Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Athletic Training

First Year – First Semester

  • BIO 100 – Basic Biology Credits: 4
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • KPE 100 – Introduction to Athletic Training Credits: 1
  • PSY 100 – General Psychology Credits: 3
  • General Educaiton Requirement Credits: 3

First Year – Second Semester

  • BIO 208 – Anatomy and Physiology Credits: 4
  • KPE 250 – First Aid and Emergency Care Credits: 3
  • KPE 253 – Theory and Techniques for Strength and Conditioning Credits: 3
  • MAT 122 – Pre-Calculus Credits: 4 or a higher level Mathematics Course
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Biology / Botany / Zoology

First Year – First Semester

  • BIO 100 – Basic Biology Credits: 4
  • CHY 121 – Introduction to Chemistry Credits: 3
  • CHY 123 – Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory Credits: 1
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3 or General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • MAT 122 – Pre-Calculus Credits: 4 or MAT 126 – Calculus I Credits: 4
  • NFA 117 – Issues and Opportunities Credits: 1

First Year – Second Semester

  • BIO 200 – Biology of Organisms Credits: 4
  • CHY 122 – The Molecular Basis of Chemical Change Credits: 3
  • CHY 124 – The Molecular Basis of Chemical Change Laboratory Credits: 1
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Business Administration

First Year – First Semester

  • BUA 201 – Principles of Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  • ECO 120 – Principles of Microeconomics Credits: 3
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • PSY 100 – General Psychology Credits: 3

First Year – Second Semester

  • BUA 202 – Principles of Managerial Accounting Credits: 3
  • CMJ 103 – Fundamentals of Public Communication Credits: 3
  • ECO 121 – Principles of Macroeconomics Credits: 3
  • MAT 115 – Applied Mathematics for Business and Economics Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Chemical Engineering

First Year – First Semester

  • CHB 111 – Introduction to Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering I Credits: 2
  • CHY 121 – Introduction to Chemistry Credits: 3
  • CHY 123 – Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory Credits: 1
  • MAT 126 – Calculus I Credits: 4
  • PHY 121 – Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists I Credits: 4
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

 First Year – Second Semester

  • CHB 112 – Introduction to Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering II Credits: 2
  • CHY 122 – The Molecular Basis of Chemical Change Credits: 3
  • CHY 124 – The Molecular Basis of Chemical Change Laboratory Credits: 1
  • MAT 127 – Calculus II Credits: 4
  • PHY 122 – Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists II Credits: 4
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3

Computer Engineering

First Year – First Semester

  • CMJ 103 – Fundamentals of Public Communication Credits: 3
  • ECE 100 – Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Credits: 1
  • ECE 101 – Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering Credits: 3
  • MAT 126 – Calculus I Credits: 4
  • PHY 121 – Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists I Credits: 4

First Year – Second Semester

  • ECE 177 – Introduction to Programming for Engineers Credits: 4
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • MAT 127 – Calculus II Credits: 4
  • PHY 122 – Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists II Credits: 4
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Construction Management Technology

First Year – First Semester

  • CET 100 – Introduction to Construction Management Credits: 1
  • CET 120 – Technical Drawing Credits: 3
  • CMJ 103 – Fundamentals of Public Communication Credits: 3
  • COS 103 – Introduction to Spreadsheets Credits: 1
  • MAT 122 – Pre-Calculus Credits: 4
  • PHY 107 – Technical Physics I Credits: 4

First Year – Second Semester

  • CET 101 – Plane Surveying Credits: 3
  • CET 130 – Building Construction Credits: 3
  • PHY 108 – Technical Physics II Credits: 4
  • TME 152 – Technical Mathematics II: Precalculus and Introductory Calculus Credits: 3
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3

Elementary Education

First Year

  • EHD 100 – Seminar in Education and Human Development Credits: 1
  • CHF 201 – Introduction to Child Development Credits: 3
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • PSY 100 – General Psychology Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirements and Concentration Electives Credits: 18-21
  • **Take and Pass Praxis I and Fingerprinting

Forestry

First Year – First Semester

  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • FES 100 – Introduction to Forest Biology Credits: 4
  • FTY 101 – Introduction to Forest Resources Credits: 1
  • FTY 107 – Forest Vegetation Credits: 4
  • MAT 122 – Pre-Calculus Credits: 4

First Year – Second Semester

  • CMJ 103 – Fundamentals of Public Communication Credits: 3
  • ECO 100 – Intro to Economics Credits: 3
  • FTY 104 – Statistical Inference for Forest Management Credits: 3
  • FTY 105 – Introduction to Forest Measurements Credits: 3
  • WLE 230 – Introduction to Wildlife Conservation Credits: 3

Marine Science- Marine Biology Concentration

First Year – First Semester

  • BIO 100 – Basic Biology Credits: 4
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • MAT 122 – Pre-Calculus Credits: 4
  • NFA 117 – Issues and Opportunities Credits: 1
  • SMS 100 – Introduction to Ocean Science Credits: 3

First Year – Second Semester

  • MAT 126 – Calculus I Credits: 4
  • SMS 108 – Beaches and Coasts Credits: 3
  • SMS 201 – Biology of Marine Organisms Credits: 3
  • SMS 203 – Introduction to Integrative Marine Science Credits: 2
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Music

First Year – First Semester

  • MUL 200 – Music Literature Laboratory Credits: 1
  • MUL 202 – The Art of Listening to Music: Historical Survey Credits: 3
  • MUY 111 – Elementary Harmony I Credits: 2
  • Applied Music Lessons Credits: 1
  • Recital Laboratory Credits: 0
  • Music Organization Credits: 1
  • Language Credits: 3-4
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

First Year – Second Semester

  • MUY 112 – Elementary Harmony II Credits: 2
  • Applied Music Lessons. Credits: 1
  • Recital Laboratory Credits: 0
  • Music Organization Credits: 1
  • Language Credits: 3-4
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 7

New Media

Year One Requirements:

  • Completion of all classes required prior to continuing status admission to program along with a successful portfolio presentation.
  • ART 110 – 2-D Design Credits: 3
  • CMJ 100 – Introduction to Mass Communication Credits: 3
  • NMD 100 – Introduction to New Media Credits: 3
  • NMD 102 – Fundamentals of Information Systems Credits: 3
  • NMD 104 – Design Basics for New Media Credits: 3
  • NMD 295 – Topics in New Media Credits: 1-3

Nursing

First Year-First Semester

  • BIO 100 – Basic Biology Credits: 4
  • BMB 207 – Fundamentals of Chemistry Credits: 3
  • BMB 209 – Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory Credits: 1
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • NUR 101 – Issues and Opportunities in Nursing Credits: 1
  • PSY 100 – General Psychology Credits: 3

First Year-Second Semester

  • BIO 208 – Anatomy and Physiology Credits: 4
  • BMB 208 – Elementary Physiological Chemistry Credits: 3
  • BMB 210 – Elementary Physiological Chemistry Laboratory Credits: 1
  • SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Math Credits: 3

Political Science

First Year – First Semester

  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • POS 100 – American Government Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 6

 First Year – Second Semester

  • POS 120 – Introduction to World Politics Credits: 3
  • POS 241 – Introduction to Comparative Politics Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 6

Studio Art

First Year – First Semester

  • ARH 155 – Art History I Credits: 3
  • ART 100 – Drawing I Credits: 3
  • ART 110 – 2-D Design Credits: 3 or ART 120 – 3-D Design Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirements/Electives Credits: 6

 First Year – Second Semester

  • ARH 156 – Art and Visual Culture in the Modern Era Credits: 3
  • ART 110 – 2-D Design Credits: 3 or ART 120 – 3-D Design Credits: 3
  • ART 200 – Drawing II Credits: 3
  • General Education Requirements/Electives Credits: 6
  • **All four studio foundation courses ( ART 100, ART 110, ART 120, ART 200) are required before students take intermediate level studio courses.

Sustainable Agriculture

First Year – First Semester

  • AVS 145 – Animal Science Credits: 4
  • BIO 100 – Basic Biology Credits: 4
  • NFA 117 – Issues and Opportunities Credits: 1
  • PSE 100 – Plant Science Credits: 4
  • PSE 105 – Principles of Sustainable Agriculture Credits: 3

First Year – Second Semester

  • CMJ 102 – Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3 or CMJ 103 – Fundamentals of Public Communication Credits: 3
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • MAT 122 – Pre-Calculus Credits: 4
  • PSE 101 – Cropping Systems Credits: 4

Wildlife Ecology

First Year – First Semester

  • BIO 100 – Basic Biology Credits: 4
  • ENG 101 – College Composition Credits: 3
  • MAT 122 – Pre-Calculus Credits: 4 or MAT 126 – Calculus I Credits: 4
  • WLE 100 – Introduction to Wildlife Resources Credits: 1
  • General Education Elective Credits / Units: 3

First Year – Second Semester

  • BIO 200 – Biology of Organisms Credits: 4
  • CMJ 103 – Fundamentals of Public Communication Credits: 3
  • ECO 100 – Intro to Economics Credits: 3 or ECO 120 – Principles of Microeconomics Credits: 3
  • WLE 150 – Wildlife Field Trip Credits: 1
  • MAT 232 – Principles of Statistical Inference Credits: 3


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