New CURE Courses Lead Curricular Changes in Biology

Student in Bio 195a fall 2019

Students in Katie Dobkowski’s Bio 195a CURE class explored and collected observations about the Maine rocky shore on Bailey Island at Lands End.

In fall 2019, the Department of Biology introduced a substantive change to its first year biology curriculum with the introduction of two CURE courses taught by Don Dearborn and Katie Dobkowski. CURE, which stands for Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, is an evidenced-based pedagogy which teaches fundamental concepts in STEM disciplines using a collaborative, research-based approach in the lab. Moreover, this approach is recognized nationally as a student-centered environment that can increase retention of all students and enhances student learning through mentoring by faculty and the development of critical thinking and intellectual independence.  In each CURE course students develop research skills through open-ended, authentic experimentation or observations of the natural world. Students also gain experience by reading scientific literature, formulating and testing hypotheses, analyzing data, interpreting results, communicating in a disciplinary style, and working in teams. 

Students must complete one CURE course as prerequisite for Bio 202, 204, or 206.



Upcoming CURE courses for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 can be found here.