2018-19 Catalogs

BA in Natural and Applied Sciences


Department Chair: Dr. Blake Whitaker, LAC 208B, blakew@maine.edu, 753-6535


Professor: Ike Levine, PhD;

Associate Professors: Paul Caron, EdD and Blake Whitaker, PhD;

Lecturers: Nancy Clum, PhD, and Paula Drouin, MS



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 in human health or environmental science.  These options are suitable for direct entry into a variety of careers as well as admission into graduate and professional studies. Graduates of this program are employed in fields including biotechnology, conservation biology, epidemiology, environmental science, and molecular biology; health fields including dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and occupational therapy; laboratory management or natural resource management; and elementary or secondary education.


Potential transfer students are advised to consult with NAS Department Chair Blake Whitaker (blakew@maine.edu) to discuss strategies to maximize credit transfers and minimize course content duplication. Our curriculum is designed to be as transfer- friendly as possible.

Please visit the Office of Admissions for application information.

Professional programs associated with NAS such as Teacher Education Certification and the Accelerated 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 (49 to 52.5 credits)

100 Level (21 credits)

MAT 108 College Algebra    Cr 4
SCI 105 Biological Principles I   Cr 3
SCI 106 Laboratory Biology I   Cr 1.5
SCI 107 Biological Principles II w/ Lab    Cr 4.5
SCI 113 Principles of Chemistry I   Cr 3
SCI 114 Laboratory Techniques I   Cr 1
SCI 115 Principles of Chemistry II   Cr 3
SCI 116 Laboratory Techniques II   Cr 1

200 Level (13.5 credits)

LAC 269  Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles   Cr 1.5
SCI 209  Human Genetics    Cr 3
SCI 230  Environmental Science, Policy, and Sustainability w/Lab    Cr 4
   (NAS students waive SCI 130 and are required to take SCI 230)
SCI 281  Microbiology for Health Sciences    Cr 3
SCI 282  Microbiological Laboratory    Cr 2 

300 Level (7 to 7.5 credits)

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

400 Level (7.5 to 10.5 credits)

LAC 413  Job Search Skills for the 21st Century    Cr 1.5
LAC 447  Internship    Cr 3-6
LAC 480  Senior Seminar (Capstone)    Cr 3

Student Selected Electives (to reach 120 required for graduation)

Of the remaining 67.5 to 71 credits required for graduation, students can choose Core courses and 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 for Degree - 120

NAS Recommended Sequence (*denotes lab courses)




Year 1

MAT 108  (4)
SCI 105  (3)
SCI 106  (1.5)*
CW  (3)
EYE  (3)

QR - Statistics  (3)
SCI 107  (4.5)*
SCA  (3)
TC or Minor (3)
CE  (3)


14.5 credit hours

16.5 credit hours

Year 2

SCI 113  (3)
SCI 114  (1)*
SCI 209  (3)
SCI 230  (4)*
CI  (3-4)

SCI 115  (3)
SCI 116  (1)*
SCI 281  (3)
SCI 282  (2)*
LAC 269  (1.5)
LAC 413  (1.5)
Elective - math or science 300+ level  (3)


14-15 credit hours

15 credit hours

Year 3

TC or Minor  (3)
EISRC  (3-4)
DIV  (3)
Elective - math or science 300+ level  (3)
Elective - math or science 300+ level  (3)

SCI 305  (4)*# or SCI 315  (3)##
SCI 355  (4.5)*# or SCI 360  (3)##
TC or Minor  (3)
Elective  (3)
LAC 447  (3) 

#odd years
## even years


15 - 16 credit hours

15 - 17.5 credit hours

Year 4

LAC 480 Capstone  (3)
INT  (3)
Elective  (3)
Elective  (3)
Elective  (3)

Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)


15 credit hours

15 credit hours

120 Total credit hours