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College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences


The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences supports an impressive number of undergraduate students who are enrolled in nine undergraduate programs at UMBC. The emphasis on research experiences as significant instructional opportunities enables many UMBC undergraduates to work side-by-side with faculty, post docs, graduate students and other personnel using state-of-the-art equipment and testing various hypotheses. Emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration enhances the undergraduate educational experience at UMBC and allows students to test the waters for future career and post baccalaureate educational interests.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (B.S.)
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (B.S.)
Biological Sciences (B.A. and B.S.)

Chemistry (B.A. and B.S.);
Chemistry Education -
Biochemistry Track (B.A.) or Physical Chemistry Track (B.A.)
Mathematics (B.A. and B..S.)
Statistics (B.S.)
Physics (B.S.),
Physics Education (B.A.)

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There are student groups organized to support CNMS undergraduates. These groups, which meet regularly, are student directed and focused on the interests of student members. For additional information, visit the websites:

Biology Council of Majors (BioCOM)

American Chemical Society Student Affiliates at UMBC (ACS)

Pi Mu Epsilon (PME)

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma

CNMS Departments host several excellent summer research training opportunities that attract top undergraduates from UMBC and schools nationwide.

REU Site: Interdisciplinary Program in High Performance Computing - an eight week program in high performance computing supported by the National Science Foundation. Students work in teams on projects brought in by high caliber researchers from academia and industry, closely supported by experienced graduate students and faculty members in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting (CIRC) at UMBC.
Program Directors: Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal and Dr. Matthias Gobbert

Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology (CRESST) Summer Internship Programs
a ten week program of research experiences guided by mentors at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC) in Greenbelt, Md. CRESST Associate Program Director:
Dr. Ian George

The Summer Biomedical Training Program (SBTP) is funded by UMBC and The Leadership Alliance.  
Program Director: Dr. Michael Summers
Associate Director: Justine Johnson

For information about other summer opportunities near and far, visit the links on the Office of Undergraduate Education website. Please be sure to investigate all information provided, especially program deadlines, as this information frequently changes.


Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) at UMBC, a federally-funded preeminent undergraduate research training program for select undergraduate juniors and seniors who plan to pursue Ph.D. degrees and careers in the biomedical sciences or mathematics.
Dr. Lasse Lindahl, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Assistant Director:
Ms. Taifa Hibbert

Each year, undergraduates, graduate students, staff and faculty attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Many attendees are scholars with the MARC and Meyerhoff Programs at UMBC.

The 2009-2010 academic year was the third and final year of the CCCSTEP at UMBC. This initiative helped to provide the foundation for two collaborative STEM transfer student success grants that have been awarded to UMBC from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.