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Undergraduate Program Curriculum Committee



A course of study with a prescribed set of requirements that is identified by an academic title and a specific subject matter area. The MAJOR is a degree program and requires Board of Trustees approval. Its content is usually defined by one academic department or unit, but it can also be defined jointly by two or more departments or unit. The MAJOR consists of a core, of required courses and upper-level electives in the major field, and may include required or recommended courses in supporting academic fields. A MAJOR usually has a minimum of 30 hours of required courses.


Minors are sets of courses designed to provide a student with substantial knowledge of a subject area outside of their major course of study. A minor is available to any degree-matriculated student as long as the program of study for the minor does not significantly overlap with the students major course of study. The unit or units  involved will determine how much overlap is appropriate at the time of declaration. Normally no more than one third of the requirements for the minor can overlap with the major requirements, there is no penalty.

Minors are normally awarded at the same time a degree is conferred. Students who complete their baccalaureate but not their minor(s) requirements by graduation will be allowed to return to the university to complete the minor as long as the following criteria are met:
1) The student has declared the minor by the time of graduation; and
2) The student completes the requirements within a two-year period of the awarding of the accompanying baccalaureate degree.


A concentration is a set of courses available only to students within a declared major. Concentrations allow a student to play substantial emphasis on an academic subfield of the discipline. All concentrations within a major must share a subset of the core courses required for the major. In additions to these core courses, a concentration consists of a set of courses withing the subfield, primarily within the upper level elective category of the major (300 or 400 level courses). Concentrations may not be completed after the accompanying degree has been earned. A student’s transcript will indicate a completed concentration. However, students need to officially declare their concentration with the department, unit or school where the concentration is offered.


The UPCC has approved the course/modification and no further action is needed.

Approved Pending:

The UPCC has approved the course/modification pending the recommendations from the committee. Once all changes are made then the Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education can approve and sign it.


The UPCC has denied the course/modification.

Important Reminder

New Course Proposals are due to Melinda Pelletier in the Provost Office two weeks prior to the next UPCC meeting.

2014-15 UPCC Meeting Dates

All meetings Tuesday's near the end of each month from 3:00 - 4:30 pm in room 112 Alumni Hall unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday September 30th

Tuesday October 28th

Tuesday November 25th


Tuesday January 27th 2015

Tuesday February 24th 2015

Tuesday March 31st 2015

Tuesday April 28th 2015

Tuesday May 19th 2015 **Please note this is NOT the last Tuesday of the month. **

Reminder: Course proposals are due in the Provost’s Office 10 days prior to the meeting date.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Program Curriculum Committee
5703 Alumni Hall, Room 201
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1591 | Fax: (207) 581-1633E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System