Biological Sciences Program (BSCI)College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
1322 Symons Hall, 301-405-6892
The Biological Sciences major is jointly offered by the Departments of Biology, Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics, and Entomology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. The central Biological Sciences Program office is in 1322 Symons Hall is staffed by:
Ms. Linda Dalo, firstname.lastname@example.org
All Biological Sciences majors complete a common sequence of introductory and supporting courses referred to as the Basic Program. In addition, students must complete an Advanced Program within one of the following specialization areas:
A complete list of specialization area requirements can be found on our website, bsci.umd.edu . Note that the Individualized Studies specialization (BIVS) requires permission of the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs, and involves an approved proposal to do coursework in the College and in other disciplines. Further questions about Biological Sciences can be directed to the Undergraduate Academic Program Office at 301-405-6892.
Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland at Shady Grove
The Biological Sciences Program at the University of Maryland offers a degree program at Universities at Shady Grove. The Biological Sciences Program at Shady Grove offers the Advanced Program courses normally taken in the junior and senior years. More information is available at: bsci.umd.edu/shady-grove/ .
Program Learning Outcomes
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
In addition to offering high quality undergraduate specializations in the Biological Sciences, the BSCI program participates in the collaborative program in secondary teaching, Terrapin Teachers, terrapinteachers.umd.edu . This program allows students to develop their expertise at communicating science to diverse audiences and provides a path toward certification to teach secondary school science or math.
Admission to the Major
The Biological Sciences major is a Limited Enrollment Program. Please see the admission requirements and procedures at: lep.umd.edu .
Placement in Courses
Enrollment in BSCI170&171 and BSCI160&161 requires placement into MATH130, 120, 220 or 140 (i.e. completion of MATH113 or 115).
Students who earn Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Placement which grants equivalency for BSCI170&171 and/or BSCI161&161 are encouraged not to repeat these courses at UMD, but can continue to courses for which BSCI170&171 and/or 160&161 satisfy prerequisite requirements.
Requirements for the Major
Advising is mandatory during each pre-registration period for all Biological Sciences majors. All freshmen and new transfer students will be assigned an advisor from the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Student Services advising staff. Students will be assigned to a departmental faculty advisor once a basic sequence of courses has been successfully completed. The departmental faculty advisors are coordinated by the following persons for the indicated specialization areas. These coordinating advising offices can be contacted for making appointments with an advisor or for any other information regarding that specialization area.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
Laboratory research, fieldwork, and internships are valuable co-curricular experiences which add value to a student’s academic experience in CMNS disciplines. We encourage students to pursue one or more of these experiences during their undergraduate studies. Please see the College website ( http://cmns.umd.edu/undergraduate/research-internships ) for more information about experiential learning for CMNS undergraduates.
Outstanding students are encouraged to apply to departmental Honors Programs. Through the Honors Programs students will become actively involved in the ongoing scientific research at the university. Information about these honors programs may be obtained from the Undergraduate Academic Programs Office, 1322 Symons Hall, 301-405-6892.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Biological Sciences student representatives serve on the CMNS Student Advisory Board. For more information see http://cmns.umd.edu/sab .