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Medical Laboratory Sciences

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Students in the medical laboratory sciences (MLS) program prepare to become medical laboratory scientists who work in the laboratory/diagnostic sector of the health professions industry and research laboratories. Students spend three years on campus gaining the background in biology, chemistry, and mathematics needed to understand the medical tests that medical laboratory scientists perform.  The student’s final year is spent in a practicum at a medical center learning how to perform and interpret the medical tests used by medical laboratory scientists. The University of Maine is affiliated with the School of Medical Laboratory Science at the Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor, ME and the School of Medical Laboratory Science at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Juniors in the medical laboratory sciences program apply directly to EMMC or the Cleveland Clinic for their practicum. Obtaining admission to medical facilities offering a practicum is a competitive process and a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.5 in the sciences to be considered for admission to most practicum programs. Completing coursework at the University of Maine does not guarantee a position in a practicum. After completing the practicum, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory sciences and are eligible to take the accreditation examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

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Microbiology

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

The University of Maine offers three related undergraduate programs leading to a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, microbiology or molecular and cellular biology. All three programs are designed to give students a broad background in the biological and physical sciences and an opportunity for in-depth concentration in one or more of these disciplines. Microbiology is the study of microscopic forms of life such as bacteria and viruses and the immune response to these microorganisms. It is a broad, multidisciplinary field using techniques of genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, ecology, and pathology to study the biology of microorganisms from gene expression at the molecular level to the composition of populations of microorganisms. Exciting discoveries involving microorganisms have important and far-reaching implications for biotechnology, molecular biology, medicine, public health and the environment. Hands on laboratory courses are offered in fundamental aspects of biochemistry and microbiology as well as specialized topics such as recombinant DNA techniques, virology, cell culture, immunology, pathogenic microbiology and microbial genetics. Students have the opportunity to pursue the Accelerated Binary Degree Program (3+4 program), which allows qualifying students majoring in microbiology at UMaine to be admitted to the College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNE after three years at UMaine rather than the customary four. Upon successful completion of the first year of medical school at UNE, students participating in this program will receive a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from UMaine.

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Molecular and Cellular Biology

College of Natural Science, Forestry and Agriculture

The molecular and cellular biology program at the University of Maine is designed to provide students with a broad background in the biological and physical sciences and an opportunity for in depth concentration in one of the most active disciplines in the biological sciences. Molecular and cellular biology is the study of organisms at the molecular level with regards to the organization, transmission and expression of genetic information, in addition to the general study of macromolecular systems involved in the structure of DNA and molecular genetics including gene cloning, sequencing, and mapping. Molecular and cellular biology has evolved in recent years as a response to the increased ability to study organisms at the molecular level. An important aspect of the program is the requirement for hands-on experience in the laboratory. Laboratory courses are offered in fundamental aspects of molecular biology, cellular as well as biochemistry and microbiology. Graduates of these programs work in areas such as public health laboratories, medical, dental, veterinary, and university research laboratories; pharmaceutical, food, and chemical industries; environmental research and monitoring laboratories; colleges and universities; and a variety of existing as well as emerging genetic engineering and biotechnology industries.

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Music

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Music Division of the University of Maine’s School of Performing Arts offers undergraduate degrees in music, music education and music performance. The close-knit division provides students with significant individual attention from faculty. In addition to meeting the university’s admission standards, applicants must demonstrate musical ability in performance on their major instruments or voice before a jury of the music faculty. The bachelor of arts in music program is designed for the study of music within a strong liberal arts curriculum. It offers broad coverage of the field of music with emphasis on the study of the history and theory of music. It furnishes an appropriate background for prospective candidates for advanced degrees who are preparing for nonperformance-centered careers, including musicology, composition, music librarianship, radio and television. Alumni often pursue graduate study in performance, composition or conducting, and have been placed in major music schools around the country. Candidates for the degree must, before graduation, attain a level of performing ability based on requirements set by each instrumental area. During the final semester of senior year, students will work under the guidance of a faculty member to accomplish a senior project in the form of a research paper, an original composition, or a lecture/recital by special permission.

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Music Education

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The bachelor of music in education is for students who intend to make music a career either as a public school teacher or supervisor of music. The four-year degree provides many professional opportunities and also serves as preparation for graduate study in music. Upon satisfactory completion of the music education course of study, students are certified to teach music at both the elementary and secondary levels. A half-hour recital is required in the junior year. All students elect a concentration in either instrumental, vocal or a combination of both. Successful completion of a comprehensive methods proficiency exam is required before the student teaching capstone experience. All students also must pass a piano proficiency exam before graduation. Most graduates work in K–12 school systems as music educators, both in the region and across the nation, while remaining active as performers wherever they settle.

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Music Performance

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The bachelor of music in performance is designed to prepare students for a career in music performance. This degree is offered for the following applied areas: standard orchestral and band instruments; piano; voice; and pipe organ. Emphasis is placed on performance; studies in music theory, music history and the liberal arts also are  included. Graduation requirements include appropriate proficiency in playing or singing a substantial and varied repertoire, and musicianship of a high order. A 45-minute recital is required in the junior year, and a one-hour recital, fulfilling the capstone requirement, is required in the senior year. The School of Performing Arts, which also includes theatre and dance, offers a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Every year, the division’s top ensembles tour regionally. Recent appearances include Symphony Hall in Boston; Avery Fisher Hall in New York City; and Merrill Auditorium in  Portland, Maine.

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New Media

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The New Media Department offers an interdisciplinary course of study in how advances in expressive technologies and networked communication are changing the ways we relate to each other and to the world around us. The curriculum’s melding of critical perspective with hands-on practice enables students to become articulate and creative thinkers who are proficient in using emerging digital technologies to address problems and opportunities at the horizon of human experience. New media is taught by a core faculty with expertise in art, design, computer science, engineering, cultural studies and creative writing. In the first year and a half, students take courses that cover topics including the history and definition of new media, computer programming for interactive environments, and design techniques, such as digital image manipulation. Graduates work as designers, artists, photographers, audio and video producers, animators, programmers and professional writers.

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Nursing

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture 

The University of Maine established the nursing program in 1939, creating the first baccalaureate program for nurses in Maine. Preparing nurses for the increasingly diverse and global health care system, where change is rapid and constant, is a challenge embraced by the School of Nursing. The program provides a foundation for lifelong intellectual and professional development. Nursing courses begin in the second semester and focus on health promotion and disease prevention through the lifespan, preparing students to provide evidence-based, safe, effective nursing care in a variety of settings. Students gain hands on experience in the Learning Resource Center (LRC), which includes modern hospital equipment and life-like manikins and patient simulators that foster students’ skills and confidence in the provision of safe, effective patient care prior to their direct-care experiences in clinical agencies. Students also gain extensive clinical experiences in acute-care and long-term care facilities including Eastern Maine Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, Acadia Hospital as well as other hospitals, skilled and long-term care facilities, and home care agencies around the state. Upon completion of the nursing program, graduates are qualified to take the Registered Nurse licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). The baccalaureate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

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Parks Recreation and Tourism

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

The parks, recreation and tourism (PRT) program is designed to provide students with training in a variety of professional settings such as parks and protected natural areas, the public and private tourism sectors, nonprofit environmental organizations, conservation law enforcement agencies, and state and federal natural resource agencies. The program offers three concentrations in parks and recreation management, nature based tourism, and conservation law enforcement. The program’s emphasis on the integration of natural, social and management sciences reflects the interdisciplinary context in which recreation, tourism, natural resource planning and environmental concerns are addressed in the field. The program emphasizes the development and application of skills necessary for operational, administrative and managerial positions in recreation, park management, environmental interpretation and tourism fields. Internships and cooperative education opportunities are available with numerous agencies and enterprises. Our graduates have gone on to work as recreation planners and directors for public agencies; recreation managers and leisure counselors for private resorts; park rangers; naturalists; directors of tourism; environmental educators; outfitters; and owners of resorts and other recreation enterprises.

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Philosophy

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Philosophy is devoted to rigorous reflection on human nature, culture and the world. It has a long history, beginning with the Ancient Greeks, that is the foundation of philosophical education. The philosophy major offers a diverse set of courses, representing the full spectrum of philosophical inquiry. Areas covered in the curriculum include ethical theory; existentialism; social, political and feminist philosophy; logic; phenomenology; Hinduism and Buddhism; the history of philosophy; and ethics courses relevant to many professional fields, including biomedical, business and environmental. The department welcomes double majors and minors from other fields. For students who have theoretical interests and/or concerns with ethical and political issues related to their main discipline, philosophy can be an excellent addition to the major field of study. In addition to its major, the Department of Philosophy offers two minors, as well as advanced courses to prepare those who wish to attend graduate school. Philosophy doesn’t train students for a specific career, but instead develops skills in writing, thinking, questioning and problem-solving that are necessary for today’s workplace, where frequent job and career changes are common. Philosophy graduates can be found in all walks of life and pursue careers in law, business, government, health, politics, arts, athletics and education.

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Physics and Astronomy 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers many programs and opportunities with world-class faculty members, internationally recognized research and first-rate facilities. Research topics include astronomy, biophysics, chemical physics, condensed matter physics, nanophysics, physics education, statistical mechanics and surface physics. The department offers programs of study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that lead to either a bachelor of science degree in physics or a bachelor of arts degree in physics. The B.S. degree places a strong emphasis on physics and mathematics and is customarily the prerequisite for graduate education in physics, astronomy or related areas, as well as for careers in basic or applied research and development. The B.A. degree is a traditional liberal arts program emphasizing physics, together with a substantial distribution of coursework outside the areas of science and mathematics. The B.A. degree, in addition to preparing the student for an entry-level position in industry, can accommodate those pursuing pre-medical or pre-law studies, secondary science education certification or technical writing careers. The department also offers a bachelor of science in engineering physics through the College of Engineering. The degree is designed for students who are interested in a particular engineering field, as well as the physics and mathematics that provide a foundation for that field. The engineering physics program was the first to be established in the nation and is the only accredited program of its kind in New England. Many physicists work in laboratories for universities, government or private institutions. Other physicists are in the classroom teaching about the wonders of the physical world. Still other physics and engineering physics graduates work in a wide range of roles in industry.

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Political Science

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Political Science Department examines the nature of politics from diverse perspectives. The requirements for majors in the department teach students to think critically about the fundamental theories, principles, institutions and practices of politics in their social and historical contexts. Course work is required in four main subcategories — American politics, international relations, comparative politics and political theory — allowing students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for further study or professional careers. Opportunities for internships and independent study with faculty are numerous. The department encourages students to pursue related work in the humanities and social sciences for a well-rounded liberal arts education. Many political science students continue their studies at graduate and law schools. Other students directly enter careers in public service or government at the state and federal levels. Some students find the liberal arts education they received prepares them well for a career in business or other pursuits.

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Pre-Business

Explorations/Undecided 

Pre-business administration is a specialized two-semester program in UMaine’s nationally recognized Explorations program, a unique one-year program for first-year students who are undecided about a major. In their first semester, admitted students take courses designed to prepare them to transfer into one of the four academic majors offered by the Maine Business School: management, marketing, finance or accounting. A concentration in international business is also available. It is a unique opportunity for students to work closely with an academic adviser and other professionals on campus who will guide them through their first year of coursework while earning the necessary grade point average to move into their chosen major in the Maine Business School.

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Pre-Engineering

Explorations/Undecided

Pre-engineering is a specialized two-semester program in UMaine’s nationally recognized Explorations program, a unique one-year program for first-year students who are undecided about a major. Admitted students take courses in their first two semesters designed to support their interest in engineering and to prepare them to transfer into the College of Engineering or the School of Engineering Technology. It is a unique opportunity for students to work closely with an academic adviser and other professionals on campus who will guide them through their first year of coursework while they take appropriate courses and earn the necessary grades in those courses to move into their chosen major in the College of Engineering or the School of Engineering Technology.

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Psychology

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Department of Psychology offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the diverse and fascinating aspects of human behavior through instruction that is designed to introduce psychology as science. UMaine’s psychology major fosters a scientific understanding of behavior by exploring the range of factors that shape it — from molecules to the brain as a whole, from sensory input to reasoning, and from genetics to social and cultural influences. Psychology majors learn how behavior develops in childhood and in adolescence, how individuals perceive the world around them, how we think and remember, and how we interact with others. The department offers courses that are focused on developing rigorous scientific reasoning skills and forming a foundation for critical thinking across disciplines. The major is designed to build a solid scientific understanding of the core areas of psychology — clinical, cognition, developmental, physiological and social — while also requiring students to build a deeper understanding in an area of concentration. Outside the classroom, psychology majors gain valuable, credit-earning experiences in both on- and off-campus settings, including faculty research laboratories or field learning at local human service and mental health facilities. UMaine’s psychology program prepares students for a range of professional and educational opportunities. Graduates enroll in graduate and professional programs, including medical, dental and law school. They pursue graduate programs in psychology, social work, counseling, neuroscience, forensic science, political science, occupational therapy and criminal justice. Graduates enter the workforce as case workers, educators, human service managers, laboratory/research technicians, child care workers and even as the chief justice of the Maine Supreme Court.

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