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Who can participate in Summer STEM at UMBC?

Any student enrolled in a STEM course during the summer session is automatically part of Summer STEM at UMBC.

Any student or student researcher on campus during the summer can participate in Summer STEM events and activities.

Why should I participate in Summer STEM at UMBC?

Summer STEM at UMBC is focused on student academic success. Summer courses provide students the opportunity to stay on track, catch up, or get ahead with course work. Summer is a great time to keep concepts fresh in mind and allow efforts to be focused on one academic topic. In addition, classes are smaller and additional support is available for many key courses.

What is the application process for Summer STEM at UMBC?

UMBC students do not need to apply, simply register for summer courses. Students who are interested in taking a summer course for academic credit but are not currently enrolled at UMBC need to follow the information provided for Visiting Students on the UMBC Summer Session Site.

What courses are offered during Summer STEM at UMBC?

Courses are offered in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Geography, Information Systems, Mathematics, and Statistics.

Check out the "Course Information" page for details about specific course offerings.

How do I order transcripts for the courses taken during Summer STEM at UMBC?

To order transcripts, follow the information provided by the UMBC Registrar's Office.

What activities are offered as part of Summer STEM at UMBC?

Outside of class there are workshops, events, and opportunities for tutoring, supplemental instruction, and peer-assisted learning to help you succeed during the condensed summer sessions. For more details view the special events page.


UMBC has earned a reputation for its innovative culture, commitment to undergraduate research and excellence in STEM education. At UMBC, we help prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and health professionals to excel in their chosen fields.

Experience Summer STEM at UMBC and see why we've been named "one of America's most innovative colleges" by U.S. News and World Report for five years running.

When did Summer STEM at UMBC start?

Summer STEM at UMBC began in 2013. It is a collaborative effort between the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences with its Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics, and the Office of Summer, Winter & Special Programs.

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Here are a few more answers to questions of interest...

What is the speed of light?

In case curious minds are wondering, light travels at a constant, finite speed of 186,000 miles per second.


What is the largest known prime number?

There is no such thing as the absolute largest prime number, but mathematicians and hobbyists keep searching for the next largest prime number. Discovered in 2013, at 17425170 digits long, 257885161 - 1 is the largest known prime number.


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