The department offers three major programs: the
B.S. in Chemistry, a rigorous program certified by the American
Chemical Society; a B.A. in Chemistry, which provides the option
of an increased number of electives so the student may combine
a solid background in chemistry with other areas of interest,
such as law, education, business management, etc.; and a B.S.
in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (jointly with the Department
of Biological Sciences). A combined chemistry B.S./M.S. and minor
in chemistry are also available to qualified students. In conjunction
with the education department, a program leading to a B.A. in Chemistry Education in either a physical chemistry or biochemistry track may be pursued.
The department offers both Ph.D. and M.S. programs in Chemistry
which cover the traditional sub-disciplines of analytical, biochemical,
inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Students with an interest
in biochemistry also have the option of the inter-departmental
programs in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and toxicology
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a course
of study leading to the Ph.D. in Biochemistry, in conjunction
with faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology (School of Medicine), as well as other faculty at UMB.
Molecular and Cell Biology
The Ph.D. program in Molecular and Cell Biology (MOCB) is a
relatively new graduate program that has been instituted across
three campuses of the University of Maryland. The MOCB program
at UMBC is comprised of approximately 40 active research faculty
members drawn from three UMBC departments (Biological Sciences,
Chemistry and Biochemistry and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)
and scientists from the Center of Marine Biotechnology, and
offers a truly interdisciplinary and state-of-the-art educational
experience for those desiring advanced training in molecular
and cellular biology.
The program in Toxicology draws on the resources of the University
of Maryland's College Park, Baltimore, Baltimore County and
Eastern Shore campuses as well as the Chesapeake Biological
Laboratory of the Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies.