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Biology & Biochemistry majors

Did you know there's a website dedicated to the advisement of Biology, Biochemistry, and other declared majors within the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS)? The CNMS Academic Advising website is the central source of information for current and prospective undergraduate students who are pursuing majors and minors within CNMS. The physical location of the CNMS Advising office is Room 140 of the Meyerhoff Chemistry building.

Your Declared Major or Assigned Academic Advisor provides you with guidance on how to properly fulfill UMBC graduation and general education (GFR) requirements; lifts your registration block every semester after you receive proper advisement; and is the point person for issues and paperwork which might require an advisor's signature.

Find out who your Assigned Advisor is by visiting this link. Biology or Biochemistry majors with 30 or fewer earned credits should contact

For a more in-depth understanding of primary and supplemental advising, please visit this webpage.

Quick Questions & Appointments

Current UMBC students and UMBC alumni have several options when they need pre-professional advising. Pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-podiatry, and pre-veterinary students are able to consult with Ms. Roelke, Health Professions Advising Coordinator, via:

Quick Question sessions (15 minutes)
Appointments (30 minutes)

Before accessing services, students are expected to have a working knowledge of the information on the office website. Please be sure you read the office website which provides comprehensive pre-professional information. Your question might already be answered on the website!

For questions which are not answered on the website, current UMBC students and UMBC alumni can: 1) email their questions to Ms. Roelke at anytime or 2) pre-register for a Quick Question session or Appointment via the online booking service.

For students who were at UMBC prior to Spring 2014: The old appointment notebook has been eliminated. In addition, "Walkin Hours" have been transformed into Quick Question sessions. Issues which students previously brought to "Walkin Hours" are now handled via Quick Question sessions.

Who is your Pre-Health Advisor?

UMBC pre-health students have TWO advisors. This website describes the differences between these two advisors.

1. A primary Assigned Advisor in your Declared Major
Your Assigned Advisor in your Declared Major is also known as your Departmental Advisor. Use this Departmental Advisor list to find out who your primary Assigned Advisor is in your Declared Major.
Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics majors have CNMS faculty or staff advisors. See the contact information here, or email for assistance with declared-major specific questions.

2. A supplemental Pre-Health Advisor
Ms. Roelke in The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office advises all students interested in the following career-interest areas:

Please read the information on Appointment Instructions.

Other Pre-professional Advising Offices at UMBC:
If you are an Allied Health student, you receive advising from the Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising, located in the Academic Services Building, Room 102, 410-455-2729.
pre-dental hygiene
pre-occupational therapy
pre-physical therapy
pre-physician's assistant
and all other allied health fields

Pre-Law advising is provided by UMBC’s Department of Political Science. Please visit their website for more information.



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