2016-17 Catalogs

BA in Natural and Applied Sciences

The Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) Program focuses on the intersection of human and environmental health and experience. NAS Graduates are practiced in the application of scientific techniques, data collection, and review; and demonstrate proficiency in clear, succinct, modern modes of communication. The faculty of NAS apply several key themes associated with a transformative and useful liberal arts education in the sciences: Applied Laboratory Skills, Quantitative Analysis, Critical Thinking, Ethical Action, and Effective Communication.

Study in the NAS Program provides a substantial foundation across the physical and life sciences while allowing the student, through judicious choice of electives, to focus their major along pathways suitable for entry into a variety of professions and fields including graduate and professional programs. Students can shape their learning to achieve careers in biotechnology, conservation biology, epidemiology, environmental science, health fields including dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or public health; laboratory management, molecular biology, natural resource management, occupational therapy, and secondary life sciences education.

Potential transfer students are advised to consult with NAS Program Director and Associate Professor Blake Whitaker (blakew@maine.edu) to maximize credit transfers.Our curriculum is designed to be as transfer friendly as possible.

Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission for application information.

Professional programs associated with NAS such as Teacher Education Certification and the Accelerated 4 + 1 MOT Option have slightly different requirements and fewer elective options.

If you have questions regarding whether a particular class may be substituted for or meets a requirement, please speak with your advisor.


Students with extensive transfer credit may be granted waivers or course equivalencies for certain classes.  Discuss these options with your advisor.

NAS Required Classes (50.5 credits)

100 Level (21 credits)

MAT 108  College Algebra 4 cr 
SCI 113/114  Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 4 cr
SCI 115/116  Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4 cr
SCI 105/106   Biological Principles I and Lab 4.5 cr
SCI 107   Biological Principles II w/ Lab 4.5 cr

200 Level (12 credits)

SCI 230  Environmental Science, Policy, and Sustainability w/Lab
(NAS student waive SCI 130 and are required to take SCI 230)
SCI 209  Human Genetics   3 cr
SCI 281/282  Medical Microbiology w/Lab  5 cr

300 Level (14.5 credits)

SCI 305  Molecular Physiology w/ Lab  4 cr
SCI 315  Environmental Health    3 cr
SCI 360  Sustainability Issues    3 cr
SCI 355  Ecology w/ Lab   4.5 cr

400 Level (3 credits)

SCI 440  Sustainability Projects    3 cr


Student Selected Electives (minimum 24 hrs)

Of the remaining 120 credits required for graduation, students can choose electives to fit their desired academic outcomes. For a degree in Natural and Applied Sciences, this should consist of at least 9 credits of science and/or math courses with at least 9 credits being at the 300+ level. 

Total Credits Required 120 Credits 

NAS Recommended Sequence (* denote lab courses)




Year 1

MAT 108  (4)
SCI 105/106  (4.5)*
LAC 110/111 (3)

LAC 150 (3)

SCI 107  (4.5)*

LAC 123  (3)

Elective (3)


11.5 credit hours

13.5 credit hours

Year 2

SCI 113/114  (4)*
SCI 230 (4)*
SCI 209  (3)
LAC 220/320(3)

SCI 115/116 (4)*
SCI 281/282 (5)*
LAC 200 (4)
Elective (3)


14 credit hours

16 credit hours

Year 3

LAC 250  (3)
Cluster (3)
Cluster (3)
SCI 360 (3)
LAC 370 (4)

Cluster (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
SCI 305 (4)*
SCI 369 (1.5)
SCI 413 (1.5)


16.0 credit hours

16.0 credit hours

Year 4

LCC 480 (3)
SCI 355 (4.5)*
SCI 440 (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

SCI 315 (3)
SCI 447 (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)


16.5 credit hours

15 credit hours


9 cr elective at 300 level

9 cr elective in science or math