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Professors

Thomas Cronin
Phillip J. Farabaugh
Lasse Lindahl
Phyllis R. Robinson
Suzanne O. Rosenberg
Phillip S. Sokolove
G. Rickey Welch
Richard E. Wolf, Jr.

Associate Professors

Charles J. Bieberich
Daphne Blumberg
Mauricio M. Bustos
Nessly C. Craig
David M. Eisenmann
Jeffery W. Leips
Patricia McGraw
Stephen M. Miller
Michael C. O'Neill
Kevin Omland
Harold J. Schreier

Assistant Professors

Rachel Brewster
Ivan Erill
Maricel Kann
Weinhong Lin
Hua Lu
Tamra Mendelson

Senior Lecturers

Esther Fleischmann
Bryan MacKay
James W. Sandoz
Julia B. Wolf

Lecturers/Instructors

Steven Caruso
Lark Claassen
Reagan Lake

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Mariajose Castellanos
Douglas D. Frey
Mark R. Marten
Govind Rao

Chemistry And Biochemistry

Bradley R. Arnold
C. Allen Bush
Daniele Fabris
Richard L. Karpel
Michael F. Summers

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Hillol Kargupta

Informaion Systems

Anthony F. Norcio
Carolyn Seaman

Mathmatics and Statistics

Kathleen Hoffman
Florian Potra

Senior Research Scientist

Janice Zengel

Courses in this program are listed under BIOL and MATH and CHEM and PHYS and CMSC.

This program offers a combination of courses in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics. Graduates will acquire the necessary skills for data analysis of complex databases, extraction of essential information from genomic sequence information, modeling of biological and ecological systems, as well as the design and development of software and algorithms to support these activities. Students also have the opportunity to engage in independent research in the lab, the field or off-campus, working one-on-one with a faculty mentor. The curriculum consists of 86-89 credits in biology, computer science and related disciplines (chemistry, information systems, mathematics and physics). This program is appropriate for any student desiring a rich and multidisciplinary grounding in all the essential elements of bioinformatics and computational biology.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The B.S. curriculum consists of 69-71 credits distributed as follows:

A. Biology [35-39]

  • BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology
  • BIOL 100L Concepts of Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 301 Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL 302 Molecular and General Genetics
  • BIOL 302L Molecular and General Genetics Laboratory
  • BIOL 303 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 303L Cell Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 304 Plant Biology
  • BIOL 305 Comparative Animal Physiology

  • BIOL 304L Plant Biology Laboratory
    OR

  • BIOL 305L Comparative Animal Physiology Laboratory

  • BIOL 442 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 4XX Four credits of BIOL electives at the 400 level (except BIOL 422L, 495, 497H, 499 or 499H), taken in residence at UMBC.

B. Chemistry [14-19]

  • CHEM 101 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM 102L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 351L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 352* Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 352L* Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
*Students may take a second, four-credit, 400-level BIOL elective as a substitute for the combined requirement of Organic Chemistry II lecture and lab. (BIOL 495, 497H, 499 and 499H are not acceptable.)

C. Physics [8]

  • PHYS 111 Basic Physics I
  • PHYS 112 Basic Physics II

D. Mathematics [8]

  • MATH 151 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • STAT 350 Statistics With Applications in the Biological Sciences

Evaluation of student performance is separate for lecture and laboratory courses. Students planning to complete the B.S. or B.A. major in biology should begin a first course in chemistry during the first semester of the freshman year. The mathematics sequence also should be started as soon as possible.


The B.A. curriculum consists of at least 54-55 credits in natural sciences and mathematics, coupled with sufficient credits in another (non-contiguous) area of concentration to earn a minor in that area.
The experimental sciences of chemistry and physics are defined here as contiguous areas; minors in these areas are not applicable toward the requirements for a B.A. in Biological Sciences. Any other university minor program published as such in the Undergraduate Catalog will be acceptable toward the non-contiguous minor requirement. Certain approved programs of professional certification (currently education or administrative sciences) can be substituted for the minor requirement. A list of acceptable minors and professional certificate programs can be obtained from the biological sciences department.


The natural sciences and mathematics will be distributed as follows:

A. Biology [31-32]

  • BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology
  • BIOL 100L Concepts of Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 301 Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL 302 Molecular and General Genetics
  • BIOL 302L Molecular and General Genetics Laboratory
  • BIOL 303 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 303L Cell Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 304 Plant Biology
  • BIOL 305 Comparative Animal Physiology

  • BIOL 304L Plant Biology Laboratory
    OR

  • BIOL 305L Comparative Animal Physiology Laboratory

  • BIOL 4XX Three-four credits of BIOL electives at the 400 level;
    (EXCEPT BIOL 422L, 495, 497H, 499 and 499H), taken in residenceat UMBC

B. Chemistry [14-19]

  • CHEM 101 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM 102L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry I

C. Physics [8]

  • PHYS 111 Basic Physics I
  • PHYS 112 Basic Physics II

D. Mathematics [4]

  • STAT 350 Statistics With Applications in the Biological Sciences
    OR
  • STAT 351 Applied Statistics for Business and Economics

B.S. and B.A. Requirements


A majority of the required biology courses must be completed in residence at UMBC. In fulfilling major requirements in the biological sciences, a student must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in all required biology (BIOL XXX) courses and in CHEM 352 and 352L, if they are used to fulfill major requirements for the B.S. In addition, an overall “C” average or better in all required science/math courses must be achieved for graduation with a degree in Biological Sciences.

Under certain circumstances and after petitioning, students may be able to graduate with a grade of “D” in a single biology course, provided that they have an overall “C” average in all required biology (BIOL XXX) courses upon approval of the Undergraduate Committee of the Department
of Biological Sciences. Prerequisites and corequisites for all BIOL courses will be enforced. Prerequisites in all biology courses must be satisfied with a grade of “C” or better.


Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required biology courses. In addition, for the purpose of satisfying the requirements for the B.S. in Biological Sciences, students will be allowed only two attempts to earn a grade of “C” or better in all required biology (BIOL XXX) courses. Students who have not earned a grade of “C” or better (including a grade of “W”) after two attempts will no longer be eligible for the B.S. in Biological Sciences, and must either enter the B.A. in Biological Sciences, or change their major.


The department will adhere to university policies that limit to two the number of times a student may register for the same course.

In addition, no student will be allowed to take any biology course exams or participate in any biology lab activities unless they are officially enrolled by the end of the schedule adjustment period. New freshmen who have Advanced Placement (AP) credit in biology may be exempted from taking BIOL 100 and 100L (see Appendix). CHEM 352 and 352L are recommended for health professional students and students anticipating graduate studies in the biological sciences.


Note: A maximum of six credits may be taken from the combination of BIOL 398, 399, 499 and 499H and CHEM 399 and 499.