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University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

Biology Major (Bachelor of Science)

Vision Statement

The biology faculty of the Natural and Behavioral Sciences Division at the University of Maine at Fort Kent believe that students come to understand the discipline of biology through a combination of course work, laboratory experiences, research, and fieldwork. The combination of instructional methods leads students to a balanced understanding of the scientific methods used by biologists to make observations, develop insights and create theories about the living organisms that populate our planet. Small class sizes within the biology program foster a close working relationship between faculty and students in an informal and nurturing atmosphere.


Mission Statement

The biology faculty pursue a multifaceted charge at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. The Program seeks to provide all biology students with fundamental knowledge of biology, as well as a deeper understanding of a selected focus area within the biological sciences. The curriculum and advising have been designed to prepare graduates for their professional future, whether they choose to work as field biologists specializing in botany or wildlife, or to pursue advanced degrees in the life sciences or health sciences. The biology program also provides the necessary fundamental knowledge of the life sciences to support the Nursing degree, the Environmental Studies degree, and the Associate of Science degree in Forest Technology. In addition, biology courses provide a key laboratory science experience for those students seeking to complete the general education requirements.


Program Description/Goals

The biology curriculum consists of required courses and electives. To meet the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and interests, students have the opportunity to choose elective courses that reflect their individual interests and career paths. Students majoring in biology choose from two options: a major in biology with a minor in a field outside of biology; or a major in biology with a concentration in a specific area of biological science.

All students in the Biology Major will participate in a Field Experience Program as part of their coursework.  This program consists of experiential learning activities that students participate in through short field trips in the local area, as well as through multi-day expeditions to destinations across the U.S.  The courses included in the Field Experience Program each have a $150 fee, which helps to cover necessary costs including equipment, travel, entrance fees, and camping. It is important that students take courses during the designated year and semester to ensure that they have the background preparation needed to benefit fully from the field-based activities.


Biology Major with a Minor in a Field Outside of Biology

This option provides broad training in biology and offers students the maximum flexibility in selecting courses that meet their interests. Students complete all required and support courses for the biology major, and they complete all courses necessary for a minor in a field other than biology (see Index under “Minors” for a description of appropriate study areas).


Biology Major with a Concentration in a Specific Area of Biological Science

This option provides broad training in biology and offers students the opportunity to develop a more detailed knowledge of a specific area of biological science. Students complete all required and support courses for the biology major, and they complete all courses necessary for the concentration. These concentrations prepare students for continued study in graduate and professional schools, as well as providing preparation for many other career goals including teaching, technical, and field positions. Each concentration consists of courses which provide depth in the principal aspects of the subject. This academic track provides a broad exposure in laboratory work and extensive experience in field situations. Students choose to concentrate in one of the two following areas: Biomedical Sciences or Ecology and Conservation Biology


 

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a major in Biology from the University of Maine at Fort Kent will:

  1. Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of biology in a diversity of organisms encompassing the molecular to ecosystem levels;
  2. Place biological knowledge in context and show an understanding of the way biologists think and of the historical development of biological thought;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to connect and apply biological knowledge to other disciplines and to integrate knowledge into their personal and professional lives;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical, independent, and creative thinking; and
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in writing and speaking about biological concepts and research.

Techniques for Assessment

Students are assessed in all classes using various means including written assignments, quizzes and exams, field and laboratory practical exams, comprehensive final exams in some classes, and course projects. All students must demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication skills by satisfactory performance on the written report and public oral presentation for the capstone Senior Project. All students will complete two comprehensive exams to assess knowledge and appreciation of critical content related to organism diversity and ecology. Graduating students complete an exit survey during their last semester to reflect on their BS in Biology program education and provide feedback about their experience. Graduates are required to complete an alumni survey to provide feedback about the quality and effectiveness of their education. 


Program Requirements 

CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 100 General Biology I 4 credits
BIO 121 General Biology II 4 credits
BIO 202 Botany 3 credits
BIO 204 Zoology 3 credits
BIO 320 Genetics 4 credits
BIO 339 Research Methods and Techniques 3 credits
BIO 352 Ecology 4 credits
BIO 353 General Microbiology with lab 4 credits
BIO 366 Intro to Genomics 4 credits
BIO 498 Senior Project 3 credits
Total 36 credits

Required Support Courses

(Some of these requirements may also count towards the general education requirements.)

CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 219 Finding Your Career Path in the Sciences 1 credit
CHY 100 Chemistry I 4 credits
CHY 101 Chemistry II 4 credits
CHY 310 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHY 311 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
GIS 300 GIS Applications I 4 credits
HUM 102 First-Year Experience 3 credits
MAT 255 Calculus I 4 credits
MAT 351 Statistics I 3 credits
PHY 100 Physics I 4 credits
Total 34 credits

*Select one of the following concentrations. 

Note: Courses may be substituted with the approval of the academic advisor to meet a student’s career goal.


Biomedical Sciences

The biomedical sciences program is designed for working professionals, recent graduates, or career changers interested in careers in healthcare, research, and the biotech industry.  This program allows you to develop your existing academic record by completing pre-medical courses and apply to a medical, dental, osteopathic, veterinary, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, or other science programs. 


Concentration Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
BIO 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
BIO 356 Vertebrate Biology 3 credits
BIO 401 Pathophysiology 3 credits
CHY 300/ BIO 301 Biochemestry 4 credits
PHY 101 Physics II 4 credits

Course Sequencing: Bio-Medical Sciences

Fall Semester Freshman Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 100 General Biology I 4 credits
CHY 100 Chemistry I 4 credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
HUM 102 First-Year Experience 3 credits
Total 14 credits

 
Spring Semester Freshman Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 121 General Biology II 4 credits
CHY 101 Chemistry II 4 credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
  General Education-Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits
Total 14 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 202 Botany 3 credits
BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
MAT 255 Calculus I 4 credits
  General Education-Oral Communication 3 credits
  General Education-Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
Total 17 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 204 Zoology 3 credits
BIO 219 Finding Your Career Path in the Sciences 1 credits
BIO 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
BIO 320 Genetics 4 credits
GIS 300 GIS Applications I 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Fall Semester Junior Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 366 Introduction to -Omics 4 credits
BIO 401 Pathophysiology 3 credits
MAT 351 Statistics I 3 credits
PHY 100 Physics I 4 credits
  General Education – Visual & Performing Arts 3 credits
Total 17 credits

Spring Semester Junior Year 
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 301 Biochemistry 4 credits
BIO 339 Research Methods & Techniques 3 credits
BIO 352 Ecology 4 credits
PHY 101 Physics II 4 credits
Total 15 credits

Fall Semester Senior Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 498 Senior Project 3 credits
CHY 310 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
  General Education – History 3 credits
  General Education – Foreign Languages 3 credits
Total 13 credits

Spring Semester Senior Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 353 Microbiology 4 credits
BIO 356 Vertebrate Biology 3 credits
CHY 311 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
  General Education – Foreign Languages 3 credits
Total 14 credits

Field Biology: Ecology and Conservation Biology

Ecology studies the distribution and abundance of organisms, the interactions between organisms, and the interactions between organisms and the physical environment. Conservation biology is an applied science based on ecological principles focusing on conserving biological diversity and the restoration of degraded ecosystems. The University of Maine at Fort Kent is committed to a more sustainable world, and knowledge of conservation biology and ecology learned through our BS program in biological sciences with a concentration in conservation biology and ecology is one step of many required to help meet this global challenge.


Concentration Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 316 Advanced Plant Science 4 credits
BIO 380 Limnology 4 credits
ENV 302 Wildlife Conservation and Management 4 credits
ENV 310 Soil Science 4 credits
Choose one of the following courses:
ENV 333 Fisheries Science 3 credits
BIO 440 Special Topic 4 credits

Course Sequencing: Ecology and Conservation Biology

Fall Semester Freshman Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 100 General Biology I 4 credits
CHY 100 Chemistry I 4 credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
Total 14 credits

 
Spring Semester Freshman Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 121 General Biology II 4 credits
CHY 101 Chemistry II 4 credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
  General Education-Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits
Total 14 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 202 Botany 3 credits
ENV 302 Wildlife Conservation & Management OR 4 credits
ENV 333 Fisheries Science 3 credits
MAT 255 Calculus I 4 credits
  General Education-Oral Communication 3 credits
  General Education-Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
Total 16-17 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 204 Zoology 3 credits
BIO 219 Finding Your Career Path in the Sciences 1 credit
BIO 320 Genetics 4 credits
GIS 300 GIS Applications I 4 credits
MAT 351 Statistics I 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Fall Semester Junior Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 366 Introduction to -Omics 4 credits
BIO 380 Limnology 4 credits
ENV 310 Soil Science 4 credits
PHY 100 Physics I 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Spring Semester Junior Year 
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 339 Research Methods & Techniques 3 credits
BIO 352 Ecology 4 credits
  General Education – History 3 credits
  General Education – Visual & Performing Arts 3 credits
  Elective 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Fall Semester Senior Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 316 Advanced Plant Science 4 credits
BIO 498 Senior Project 3 credits
CHY 310 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
  General Education – Foreign Languages 3 credits
Total 14 credits

Spring Semester Senior Year
CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 353 Microbiology 4 credits
BIO 440 Special Topics 4 credits
CHY 311 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
  General Education – Foreign Languages 3 credits
Total 15 credits

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