The newly redesigned BIOL B.A. major offers excellent preparation
for those students whose career goals include clinical training
in allied health professions such as dental hygiene, medical
and research technology, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy.
The requirements for admission to these programs overlaps
substantially with the BIOL B.A. degree. Many students who
go on to this type of clinical training will complete only
two or three years at UMBC and will not receive a UMBC degree.
However, many students will go on to complete their UMBC
bachelor's degree and those students consider
a BIOL degree. The BIOL B.A. program has been redesigned
to reduce the number of courses that allied health students
require to finish the major.
In the old BIOL curriculum the courses BIOL 275
Microbiology and BIOL 251/BIOL 252 Human
Anatomy & Physiology were not recognized as
satisfying any major requirements. All of the allied health
pre-professional courses require Microbiology and/or Human
Anatomy & Physiology, so students
who were majoring in BIOL had to take these courses as add-ons
to the major curriculum. The revision of the BIOL B.A. includes
an opportunity for students to use either BIOL 275 or the
combination of BIOL 251 and BIOL 252 as one of the
Junior-level electives. The major requires a second BIOL
4XX elective, which can be BIOL 430 Biological
Chemistry, which satisfies the pre-pharmacy requirement
for a one-semester
The pre-medical technology, pre-nursing
therapy programs include non-major courses in Chemistry, CHEM
123/CHEM 124 Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry
I and II. The courses do satisfy requirements
for the BIOL minor program but
they do not satisfy requirements
for either BIOL major. Students who would like to earn a
BIOL B.A. or B.S. should substitute CHEM 123/124 with CHEM
101/CHEM 102 Principles of Chemistry I and II.
These courses are major courses in Chemistry and satisfy
requirements for BIOL B.A. and B.S. degrees.