NOTE: This is not
a complete list of requirements. See the UMBC
Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for a full listing of the
requirements for this program
The Biological Sciences (BIOL) undergraduate courses have been revised to increase
flexibility in course selection. Students who enroll at UMBC on or after Fall
2010 will be expected to follow either the new
BIOL B.A. or the new BIOL B.S. curriculum.
Continuing students may complete their degree under either the old
BIOL B.A. or old BIOL B.S. curriculum but
should realize that certain courses (BIOL 100, BIOL 100L and BIOL 303L) will
out between Fall 2010 and Fall 2011. Students should consult the web
site describing the changing BIOL curriculum for more information about
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) curriculum is designed for
students who want to pursue a career in a health-related
profession (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy,
or veterinary medicine) or those interested in training in
an allied health field (dental hygiene, medical
and research technology, nursing, pharmacy or physical therapy).
The B.A. is also appropriate for students
wanting to combine another area of study—such as
education, environmental studies, law, or science writing—with
a solid background in biology.
who after graduation will be looking for a job as a research
technician or who will pursue further graduate level training
in science (either M.S. or Ph.D.) should consider following
the curriculum leading to a Bachelor of
Science (B.S.) degree.
A majority of the required BIOLOGY credits must be completed
in residence at UMBC. In fulfilling major requirements
in the biological sciences, a student must obtain a grade
of "C" or better in all required BIOLOGY (BIOL)
courses. In addition, an overall "C" average
or better in all required science/math courses must be
achieved for graduation with a degree in biological sciences.