The new curriculum affects all new UMBC freshman who chose
to major in Biological Sciences. They must choose between
the new BIOL B.A. or B.S. majors. The old curriculum will
no longer be recognized for students who matriculate in Fall
2010 or later.
The new curriculum is not dramatically different from the
old curriculum in terms of the total number of credits required
for graduation. For example, the previous BIOL B.A. required
56-57 credits and so does the new BIOL B.A. The BIOL B.S.
used to require at least 70 credits and that is still true
for the new BIOL B.S.
The difference is that the new curricula provide
more choice. The BIOL B.A. includes three BIOL electives
(9-10 cr) out of 8 total BIOL classes. The BIOL
B.S. degree provides even more choice, with six BIOL electives
(at least 17 cr) out of 11 total BIOL classes.
Therefore, the adoption of the new curriculum is an opportunity
for incoming students to concentrate their undergraduate
training in areas that are most relevant to their post-graduation