Below is a listing
of the required and elective courses for the new Bioinformatics
and Computational Biology major, which will go into effect
NOTE: This is not
a complete list of requirements. See the UMBC
Undergraduate Catalog for the full listing of requirements
for this program, a list of participating faculty, information
about research opportunities, the Biological Sciences Tutorial
Center, and Student Organizations.
the Bioinformatics Requirements Worksheet (PDF)
the Bioinformatics Requirements Worksheet with suggested course "itineraries"
|Biology (29 credits)
||Foundations of Biology I
||Foundations of Biology II
||Experimental Biology Laboratory
||Molecular and General Genetics
||Introduction to Bioinformatics
||Seminar in Bioinformatics
|Chemistry (11 credits)
||Principles of Chemistry I
||Principles of Chemistry II
||Organic Chemistry I
|Computer Sciences (17 credits)
||Computer Science I for majors
||Computer Science II for majors
||Database Management Systems
|Physics & Mathematics
||Introductory Physics I
||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
||Introduction to Probability & Statistics
for Scientists & Engineers
A total of four additional courses are required, to be selected from the
two lists of BINF electives. One course is to be selected from List A, and
another from List B. The other courses may be selected from either list.
A student planning to complete the B.S. in Bioinformatics & Computational
Biology should begin a first course in chemistry during
the first semester of the freshman year. The mathematics
sequence should also be started as soon as possible.
Transfer students with an interest in Bioinformatics should
contact the BINF steering committee chair as early as possible
upon their arrival to UMBC in order to receive proper advising
in degree planning.
Different career options and optional minors in other disciplines
are available to BINF students. Please consult the BINF
itinerary guidelines. These itineraries are meant only as
illustrative guidelines of different pathways in the major.
They do not define nor constitute strict or fixed pathway
requirements for completion of the major.
On its own, the BINF major does not satisfy pre-med/pre-pharm/pre-dent
Students wishing to switch to the 2010 BINF curriculum
from the previous curriculum should contact their advisor
as soon as possible. See the available information
on the new
BIOL 2010 curriculum for the phasing out of the old-program
BIOL courses. The BINF B.S. will adhere to the rules
for correspondences between new and old BIOL courses.
Students must complete the courses below with a Grade Point
Average (GPA) no lower than 3.0 and with no grade lower than “C” in
any of the courses. At least three of these courses
must be completed at UMBC. A course may be repeated once to
meet gateway requirements, but both grades will be
used to compute the gateway GPA. (e.g. a student receiving
a grade of “B” in all six gateway courses with
one enrollment in each course will have a gateway GPA of
3.0. A student receiving an initial grade of “C” and
a repeated grade of “B” in CHEM 101, with a “B” in
all other gateway courses, will have a gateway GPA of 2.86).
|Required Gateway Courses
|BIOL 141 - Foundations of Biology I
|BIOL 302 - Molecular and General Genetics
|CHEM 101 - Principles of Chemistry I
|CHEM 102 - Principles of Chemistry II
|CMSC 201 - Computer Science I for Majors
|MATH 151 - Calculus & Analytical Geometry
Students who do not meet the above criteria (e.g. transfer
students who transfer in more than three of the above courses)
may petition the BINF steering committee for admission to
Pre-requisites and co-requisites for all BIOL courses will
be enforced. Pre-requisites in all biology courses must be
satisfied with a grade of "C" or higher.
The department will adhere to university policies that limit
to three the number of times a student may register for the