Philip J. Farabaugh
B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1972; Ph.D. Harvard University, 1978
Charles J. Bieberich
B.S., University of Tampa, 1982; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1987
SciB., Dickinson College, 1967; M.S., Duke University, 1969; Ph.D., Duke University, 1979
David M. Eisenmann
B.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1985; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992
Jeffery W. Leips
B.S., Florida State University, 1983; Ph.D., 1997
B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1991; P.h.D., Duke University, 2001
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1985; Ph.D., The University at Albany, 1995
Phyllis R. Robinson
B.A., Wellesley College, 1973; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
Suzanne O. Rosenberg
A.B., Barnard College, 1970; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1975
S.F.B., University of Geneva (Switzerland), 1989; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1996
Mauricio M. Bustos
B.A., Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Argentina), 1982; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1986
B.S., Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 1996; M.Eng., 2000, Eng. D., 2002
B.S., Universidad de la República (Uruguay), 1991; M.S., 1994; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2001
A.B., Cornell University, 1984; M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1989; Ph.D., Duke University, 1995
B.S., Zhongsham University (China), 1982; M.S., 1988; Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1998
B.S., Nanjing University (China), 1990; M.S., 1993; Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1999
Stephen M. Miller
B.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1984; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
Harold J. Schreier
B.S., California Polytechnic State University, 1978; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1983
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994; Ph.D., New York University, 2002
B.A., Macalester College, 2006; Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, 2014
B.S., Dickinson College, 1997; M.S., Florida Institute of Technology, 2000; Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2009
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002; Ph.D., 2008
B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 2000; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2007
B.S. University of Seville, Spain 2005; M.S. University of Malaga, Spain 2007; Ph.D. University of Malaga, Spain 2010
B.S., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1994; Ph.D., 2002
B.A., New York University, 1974; Ph.D., University of Georgia 1988
B.A., Oberlin College, 1993; Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1998
B.A., Concordia College, 1981; Ph.D., Washington University, 1998
Julia B. Wolf
B.S., Brenau College, 1979; M.S., University of Maryland Baltimore Country, 1983
B.S. Georgetown University, 2002; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 2008
B.S. University College Cork, Ireland, 1998; Ph.D. University College Dublin, Ireland 2003
Javier Rivera Guzman
B.S. Inter American University of Puerto Rico, 2002; Ph.D. Indiana University School of Medicine, 2009
Tracy A. Smith
B.S. Washington College, 2000; Ph.D. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2014
B.S., Iowa State University of Science and Technology, 1970; Ph.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, 1976
B.S., University of Edinburg, 1962; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1966
B.A., Brown University, 1960; M.Sc., 1962; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1965
Nessly C. Craig
B.A., Reed College, 1963; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1967
A.B., The University of Iowa, 1960; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1965
M.S., University of Copenhagen (Denmark), 1969; Ph.D., 1973
B.S., Delaware Valley College, 1964; Ph.D., Temple University, 1968
Thomas F. Roth
B.S., Tufts University, 1954; M.A., Harvard University, 1959; Ph.D., 1964
Phillip S. Sokolove
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1964; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969
Richard E. Wolf, Jr.
B.A., University of Cincinnati, 1963; M.S., 1968; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1970
Associate Professor Emeritus
B.S., Washington State University, 1964; M.S., Oregon State University, 1966; Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1970
B.A., University of Southern California, 1962; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1967
Michael C. O’Neill
B.S., University of Santa Clara, 1962; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1969
B.A., Williams College, 1959; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1963; Ph.D., 1965
Sr. Lecturer Emeritus
B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1973; M.S., 1979
James W. Sandoz
B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1976; M.S., 1983
Courses in this program are listed under BIOL.
The Department of Biological Sciences at UMBC offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees that provide an innovative, comprehensive overview of current knowledge, thought and research in the fast-moving, exciting fields of 21st century biological science. Students pursuing the Biological Sciences degrees take a required core of courses that is complemented by a series of laboratories and supplemented with a variety of electives in areas representing the scholarly interests of our diverse faculty. In addition to learning in the classroom, students also have the opportunity to engage in independent research in the lab, the field, the library or off-campus, working one-on-one with a faculty mentor. Students in all programs encounter talented and dedicated faculty and staff, an emphasis on the individual needs of students, up-to-date research facilities, and the nurturing environment that are the hallmarks of UMBC’s Department of Biological Sciences.
Students’ career objectives help guide students in choosing their course of study in any of our five majors and three minors. Our Biological Sciences Bachelor of Arts (BIOL B.A.) curriculum is designed for students who want to pursue a career in a health-related profession (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine) or those interested in training in an allied health field (dental hygiene, medical and research technology, nursing, pharmacy or physical therapy). The B.A. is also appropriate for students wanting to combine another area of study–such as education, environmental studies, law, art, or science writing with a solid background in biology.
Our Biological Sciences Bachelor of Science (BIOL B.S.) curriculum is most appropriate for students planning to pursue graduate study in biological, biomedical or health-related sciences, or who wish to gain employment in a technical or laboratory research setting.
The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Biology Education (BIOE) degree couples the coursework required for the regular Biology B.A. degree with additional courses necessary and recommended for certification to teach biology at the secondary level. Students completing this degree will have a strong foundation in the biological sciences and will be capable of working in a range of technical positions in addition to secondary education.
The Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (BINF) B.S. offers comprehensive training in the fields of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology by combining courses in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics. The curriculum consists of coursework in biology, computer science, and related disciplines (chemistry, information systems, mathematics and physics), complemented by two specific courses on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Graduates will acquire the necessary skills for automated querying and data analysis using complex databases, extraction of essential information from genomic and proteomic data, modeling of biological systems, as well as the design and development of software and algorithms to support these activities.
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program (offered under the auspices of the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry) offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum taught by a diverse range of faculty members. With a curriculum drawing from both disciplines, as well as specific biochemistry courses, the program provides a broad background in the physical and life sciences. It is suitable for students planning careers in laboratory research or further training in graduate, medical or other biomedical professional programs, such as medicine, dentistry and medical technology. Program requirements for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S. can be found in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry section of this catalog.
The Biological Sciences Department also offers three biology-related minors (Biological Sciences, Quantitative Biology, Bioinformatics) that provide a thorough understanding of the essential features of modern biological science, and which are appropriate to combine with an in-depth major program in some other academic discipline. In addition, students seeking to combine studies in other disciplines with a specialized focus on certain areas of biological science can pursue UMBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program as an alternative route.
Finally, the Department offers a number of courses designed for students pursuing a career in allied health fields (nursing, physical therapy, etc.), and also offers courses of cultural value as part of a liberal education intended for non-science majors.
The Department of Biological Sciences website is biology.umbc.edu. Students should always visit this site to check for the most current course information, major requirements, forms, seminars, research opportunities and other important announcements. In addition, students can follow events and announcements from the department at our UMBC group - my.umbc.edu/groups/biol
First-time students with first-year standing and some upper-class students will be advised by the department’s full-time academic advisors. After this, students will be assigned to one of the full-time faculty for advising. BIOC students may be assigned an advisor in the Chemistry Department. Students must see their assigned advisors during the pre-registration period, before they can register for classes in each subsequent semester. Academic progress is monitored through graduation.
Additional advising is available for pre-allied health students in the UMBC Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising, and for pre-professional students in the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office located in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS). These career-specific advising offices supplement, but do not replace the academic major advisors.
After satisfying certain requirements, Biological Science majors may become eligible for Departmental Honors in Research. This program, in addition to the regular B.S. or B.A. requirements, includes the following seven credits of coursework:
In addition to this coursework, the following courses, or acceptable equivalents thereof, will have been completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.25: BIOL 141 , BIOL 142 , BIOL 302 , BIOL 303 , BIOL 300L , BIOL 497H , CHEM 101 , CHEM 102 , CHEM 102L , CHEM 351 , MATH 151 (or MATH 155 ), STAT 350 (or MATH 152 ), PHYS 111 (or PHYS 121 ), and PHYS 112 (or PHYS 122 ). Additionally, the student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and 3.25 overall.
Eligible students should apply to the Departmental Honors Committee. Forms are available on the Department website.
M.S. in Applied Molecular Biology
Students interested in the one-year master’s degree program in Applied Molecular Biology (AMB) will be considered for admission to the program on a competitive basis. Students can use up to three courses (or 12 credits) from their undergraduate degree and, in so doing, save money and reduce their graduate course work. Students should consult with the director of the Applied Molecular Biology Program for advisement as to which courses will be appropriate for both degrees.
Application for admission should be submitted in the final semester of the senior year. For more information, see http://biology.umbc.edu/grad/graduate-programs/apmb/.
Talented undergraduates committed to performing quality independent research are encouraged to apply for a variety of biological research opportunities offered by UMBC’s outstanding faculty. Under the guidance of faculty mentors, student research assistants may work on their own projects or help their mentors with important research. These unique, intensive experiences allow students to sharpen their critical thinking skills, learn how to write and read scientific papers, and expand their scientific understanding of biological concepts. Undergraduate lab experience increasingly is becoming a prerequisite for science-based employment or acceptance to graduate, professional or medical school. Students should consult the Department web site or contact individual faculty members for information on possible independent research opportunities.
Biological Sciences Tutorial Center
Biology students are invited to use the facilities in the Biology Tutorial Center, located in room 011 of the Biological Sciences building. The tutorial center has fourteen computer workstations to access online information and two open tables for students to study in groups. Tutors are available for all Biology core courses, free of charge. A list of courses and available tutors can be found on the whiteboard in the center. For more information, see Dr. Jennifer Hughes in BS011. Center hours are from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Student Organizations: Biology Council of Majors (BioCOM)
All biological sciences, biology education, bioinformatics and computational biology, and biochemistry and molecular biology majors are welcome to join the Biology Council of Majors (BioCOM). This very active student organization strives to “promote the achievement of the professional ambitions of its members and to serve as a means of social contact among them.” Please visit the website for up to date information about meeting times, locations, and events: http://umbcbiocom.webs.com/. Other student-run clubs for those pursuing a variety of health-related professions also exist on campus.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceNon-Degree