2013-14 Catalogs

CSTH Overview

Dean, Andrew L. Anderson; Associate Dean, Stephen C. Pelsue; Financial Manager, Alison Hinson; Coordinator of Finance, Pamela Hartford; Human Resources Liaison, Susan Taylor; Communications and External Affairs, Jennifer Dean; Student Services, Bonnie Stearns and Brenda Webster; Administrative Assistant, Michael Pickel.

The College of Science, Technology, and Health (CSTH) offers a wide variety of majors and programs leading to graduate and professional study, and directly to careers. The College also offers courses and programs of study to students in all colleges of the University for intellectual development and aesthetic enrichment. The College is organized into the following departments/schools: Applied Medical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Science; Engineering (mechanical and electrical); Environmental Science; Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences; Geosciences; Linguistics; Mathematics and Statistics; School of Nursing; Physics; Psychology; Recreation and Leisure StudiesTechnology.

The College's degree programs prepare students for productive and rewarding lives and provide knowledge and skills for many careers. Students, faculty, and alumni apply theory and use scientific and mathematical principles and techniques to solve practical problems and contribute to society in many ways. The College's academic programs are designed and delivered so that all students who are prepared and motivated can successfully complete them. Graduates have (1) technical competence with both depth and breadth, (2) a wide range of knowledge enabling them to function effectively in the professional world, (3) transferable skills such as reasoning, problem solving, verbal and written communications, teamwork, and leadership, and (4) motivation to continue to learn and grow professionally. Graduates secure gainful employment and/or are well prepared for admission to graduate and professional programs.

Degrees and Certificates

Bachelor of Arts
  • Chemistry
    • Secondary Education
  • Environmental Planning & Policy
  • Geosciences
  • Linguistics
    • ASL/English Interpreting
    • Speech and Language Science
  • Mathematics
    • Pure Mathematics concentration
    • Applied Mathematics/Operations
      • Research concentration
    • Statistics concentration
    • Secondary Mathematics Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
Bachelor of Science
  • Applied Technical Leadership
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
    • Biotechnology specialization
    • Ecology specialization
    • General Biology specialization
    • Human Biology specialization
    • Teacher Certification in Life Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Health Fitness
  • Geosciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing
    • Traditional Program
    • Accelerated Program
    • RN to BS Degree
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies
    • Community Recreation
    • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Technology Management
    • Construction Management
    • Electro Mechanical Systems
    • Industrial Management
    • Information & Communications Technology
    • Precision Manufacturing
Certificates of Undergraduate Study (CUS)
  • Applied Energy
  • Applied Statistics
  • Construction Management
  • Electro-Mechanical Systems
  • Environmental Education
  • Foundations of Holistic Health
  • Gerontology
  • Pre-medical studies (post-baccalaureate)
  • Pre-veterinary studies (post-baccalaureate)
  • Sustainable Tourism
Certificates of Graduate Study (CGS)
  • Computer Science
  • Nursing Education
  • Statistics

Certificates of Advanced Study (CAS)

  • Nursing
Minors
  • Applied Energy
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Deaf Studies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electro-Mechanical Systems
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Geosciences
  • Holistic Health
  • Industrial Management
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nature Tourism
  • Physics
  • Recreation Leadership
  • Statistics
  • Toxicology and Environmental Health

 Masters Degrees

  • Applied Medical Sciences
    • Biotechnology
    • Epidemiology
    • Immunology and Infectious Disease
    • Toxicology and Cancer Biology
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Nursing
    • Clinical Nurse Leader
    • Dual Degree Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration
    • Education
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Management
    • Option for Non-Nurses with a Baccalaureate Degree
    • Certified FNP, ANP and WHNP
    • RN to Master of Science
  • Statistics
    • Applied Statistics
    • Biostatistics
    • Operations Research/Applied Mathematics
Doctorate
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Post Master to DNP

Accreditations

The School of Nursing baccalaureate and master's programs are approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The health fitness major within the exercise science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The linguistics' ASL/English Interpreting program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). The electrical engineering and computer science programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The technology programs are accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). In addition to these accreditations, the University of Southern Maine is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Departmental or Program Requirements

The College requires that every baccalaureate degree student fulfill the requirements of the university's core curriculum and a major program as noted in the catalog section devoted to each department's / school's majors. These requirements may be greater than the college minimum requirements. Students interested in a double major should consult the appropriate departments / schools and obtain a declaration of major form from the Registrar's Office. The requirements for graduate programs are listed in the catalog section of the individual department/school.

Student Services

The College is dedicated to supporting students in defining, developing, and achieving personal, academic, and career goals. Services and programs that are provided to meet the needs of CSTH students include: academic advising, career counseling, mentoring, and referrals. Assistance in locating and securing cooperative education and internships is provided as well as information on various scholarships available to CSTH students. For more information, contact the Dean's office at 780-5585 or csth@usm.maine.edu.

Commitment to Civility

The concepts of community and social justice are central to the mission and philosophy of the University of Southern Maine College of Science, Technology, and Health. Faculty, students, and staff are committed to promoting a healthy and just environment that supports transformative learning, academic integrity, open communication, and personal and professional growth among the diverse members of our academic community. We believe that these commitments are grounded in intellectual openness, in personal and professional accountability, and in the democratic values of inclusion and mutual respect that are guided by rational discourse and by a relational ethic of care. Our community includes peoples of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political, and economic backgrounds as well as people who are disabled and people of different gender, sexual orientation, and age. Our goal is to increase the awareness of students, staff, and faculty to the importance of civility, its implications, and the behaviors that are acceptable and not acceptable in our learning community. Civility is the art of treating others, as well as ourselves, with respect, dignity, and care. Civility is apparent when we are sensitive to the impact that our communications, practices, and behaviors have on others, and when we acknowledge each person's self-worth and unique contributions to the community as a whole.

Cooperative Education and Internships

The College encourages students to participate in cooperative education and internship experiences. Both options integrate classroom learning with meaningful and rewarding work experience in a field related to a student's academic or career goals. Internships are sponsored by individual departments and require an academic advisor; variable credits are awarded. Co-op assignments are paid positions that are typically full time for a semester or six months. For more information, contact the coordinator of cooperative education at (207) 780-5450 or gcavanaugh@usm.maine.edu.

External Programs

External Programs provides credit, noncredit, and certificate programs to students who are unable to attend classes or programs on campus. Customized programs, including workshops, seminars, and short courses are available on specialized topics as requested by educational, corporate, or industrial organizations to meet their specific objectives. For further information, call (207) 780-5440.

Manufacturing Applications Center (MAC)

The Manufacturing Applications Center (MAC) works with Maine's industries to improve quality and efficiency in production operations. Interactive strategies and assistance are provided on a fee-for-services basis to help companies become more competitive via advanced technologies and world-class manufacturing strategies. Assistance is provided in: technical training, quality assurance, product testing and analysis, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, production control, project management, CAD/CAM/CIM technologies, lean manufacturing, metrology, plant layout, process analysis and control, push/pull strategies, supply chain management, JIT flow, 5's, and engineering design. For further information, call (207) 780-5440 or mac@usm.maine.edu.

General Information

Admission to an undergraduate program in the College of Science, Technology, and Health is initiated through the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The College of Science, Technology, and Health offers merit-based awards to top science, technology, engineering, and math students through the USM Pioneers Program. Pioneers will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, particularly in the areas of math and science. Interested candidates should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for more information or visit http://usm.maine.edu/Pioneers. Admission to a graduate program in the College of Science, Technology, and Health is initiated though the Office of Graduate Admission. Candidates for admission must meet admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this catalog and the individual departments and schools of the College. General academic policies will be found in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. Specific policies and requirements are indicated in the sections dealing with the individual departments and schools of the College. All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting Program Requirements for a major, they must also meet all University and Core curriculum requirements. Students wishing to change their major apply directly to the department of the new major.