UMBC Watch

"These results demonstrate UMBC's strength nationally in the life sciences, as well as our success in attracting high-achieving students from all backgrounds."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III



UMBC Leads in Science Degree Ranking

May 30, 2000 - In a recent survey, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) ranks UMBC among the leading producers of chemistry and biochemistry degrees, especially those awarded to minority students.

This ASBMB survey for the 1998-99 academic year shows that:

  • UMBC ranked 1st nationally in the total number of undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry degrees awarded to African-American students (21), well ahead of any other institution.

  • UMBC ranked 2nd nationally in the total number of undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biochemistry awarded to minorities (45).

  • UMBC ranked 3rd nationally in the total number of chemistry and biochemistry master's degrees awarded to minority students (6), along with Yale and Creighton Universities.

  • UMBC ranked 5th nationally in the total number of undergraduate degrees awarded in chemistry and biochemistry, graduating 72 students, the same number as Yale University.

    More than 60 percent of UMBC graduates earning bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biochemistry go on to pursue graduate or professional education, many at such schools as Harvard, Princeton, Cal Tech, and Johns Hopkins. Those earning Ph.D.s have recently gone on to postdoctoral fellowships or teaching positions at institutions including Hopkins, the University of Virginia, the National Institutes of Health, the University of California-San Francisco, and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York

    The complete ASBMB survey can be found online at www.faseb.org/asbmb/frames/news.htm.


  • UMBC Watch | UMBC Homepage