James C. Fishbein
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1979; Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1985
B.Sc., Lancaster University (England), 1992; Ph.D., University of Wales, 1996
Richard L. Karpel
B.A., Queens College, 1965; Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1970
William R. LaCourse
B.S., Charter Oak College, 1982; Ph.D., Northeastern University, 1987
Joel F. Liebman
B.S., Brooklyn College, 1967; M.A., Princeton University, 1968; Ph.D., 1970
B.Sc., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), 1986; Ph.D., 1992
Katherine L. Seley-Radtke
A.S., St. Petersburg Junior College, 1983; B.A., University of South Florida, 1992; Ph.D., Auburn University, 1996
Michael F. Summers
B.S., University of West Florida, 1980; Ph.D., Emory University, 1984
Bradley R. Arnold
B.S., Dalhousie University, 1983; Ph.D., University of Utah, 1991
Brian M. Cullum
B.A., Frostburg State University, 1994; Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1998
B.S., University of Rennes (France), 1998; M.S., 2000; Ph.D., University of Bordeaux (France), 2003
Elsa D. Garcin
M.S., Université Joseph Fourier (France), 1994; Ph.D., 1998
Lisa A. Kelly
B.S., State University of New York at Geneseo, 1988; M.S., University of Rochester, 1989; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1993
Ph.D., Jagiellonian University (Poland), 2002
Paul J. Smith
B.S., State University of New York Brockport, 1988; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1993
B.S. Temple University 2001; Ph.D. Montana State University 2006
B.S., Yonsei University (Korea), 1997; Ph.D., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2005
B.S., Ewha Womans University 1998; M.S., 2000; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2008
B.A., Boston University, 2007; M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
B.A., Thiel College, 1999; Ph.D., Duquesne University, 2005
B.S., Trinity University, 1997; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2002
H. Mark Perks
B.S., Bucknell University, 1970; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1980
B.S., University of Delaware, 2001; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2005
B.A., Notre Dame of Maryland University, 2006; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2017
B.S., University of Virginia, 1986; Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1993
Marie van Staveren
B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007; M.S., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2012
Aristotle G. Kalivretenos
B.S., Clemson University, 1985; Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1990
B.S., Nanjing University (China), 1984; M.S., 1989; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994
Margarita da Silva Miranda
B.S., University of Porto, 1996; Ph.D., 2001
B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1985; Ph.D., 1990
Jason M. St. Clair
B.A., Colby College, 2000; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2007
Glenn M. Wolfe
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2004; Ph.D., University of Washington, 2010
B.S. University of California, Berkeley, 1975; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979
B.S., Centre College of Kentucky, 1972; Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1979
B.A., New College of Florida, 1992; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2000
B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1971; M.S., Rutgers University, 1974; Ph.D., 1977
C. Allen Bush
B.A., Cornell University, 1961; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1965
Arthur S. Hyman
B.S., City College of New York, 1955; Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1964
Sc.B. Brown University, 1965; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1968
Dale L. Whalen
B.S., Loras College, 1961; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1965
Associate Professor Emeritus
James S. Vincent
B.S., University of the Redlands, 1957; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1963
Courses in this program are listed under CHEM.
The undergraduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry offer students the opportunity to study in a program tailored to meet their career objectives in a department that is large enough to provide excellent training and research facilities and small enough to encourage a close working relationship with professors. The experienced, dynamic faculty of the department present outstanding credentials, with advanced degrees and post-doctoral training from some of the most prestigious schools in the world. They are devoted to both teaching and research. Their scientific and scholarly achievements attract close to $4 million in funding per year, resulting in many opportunities for students to participate in undergraduate research in faculty labs and to gain exposure to cutting-edge science in their classrooms.
The department offers three major programs: the Chemistry, B.S. , a rigorous program certified by the American Chemical Society; a Chemistry, B.A. , which provides the option of an increased number of electives so the student may combine a solid background in chemistry with other areas of interest, such as law, education, business management or environmental sciences; and a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S. (jointly with Biological Sciences ). A combined chemistry B.S./M.S. and or a Chemistry Minor are also available to qualified students. In conjunction with Education , a program leading to a Chemistry Education, B.A. with an emphasis in either biochemistry or physical chemistry may be pursued.
Outside of the major and minor programs, the chemistry curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students with diverse goals. Biological sciences majors, as well as students preparing for entrance into schools of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or programs in medical technology should complete CHEM 101 , CHEM 102 , CHEM 102L , CHEM 351 , CHEM 351L , CHEM 352 and CHEM 352L . Students preparing for programs in dental hygiene, nursing and physical therapy should complete CHEM 123 , CHEM 124 and CHEM 124L .
The programs of the chemistry and biochemistry department periodically are reviewed by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the professional organization that sets the standards for chemical education, and UMBC chemistry students consistently place at, or above, the norm in their standardized examinations. The Chemistry, B.S. is accredited by the ACS and has received continued approval since first attaining this status in 1970. In a recent report, the ACS commended the UMBC Chemistry Discovery Center, noting its innovative approach to team learning in a chemistry lab setting.
Career and Academic Paths
More than 60 percent of the department’s graduates pursue further education (graduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry) or professional training (medical, dental, pharmacy, nutrition, veterinary medicine and environmental science) at such distinguished schools as Harvard; MIT; Oxford; The Johns Hopkins University; Stanford; University of Virginia and University of Maryland, Baltimore. Many students choose to continue post-baccalaureate studies at UMBC, enrolling in the M.S. or Ph.D. programs in chemistry, the M.S. or Ph.D. programs in biochemistry (joint with UMB) or molecular and cell biology, or the M.S. program in applied molecular biology (joint with the Department of Biological Sciences).
The department assigns students to faculty advisors based upon the student’s declared major of either chemistry or biochemistry. After filing a Declaration of Major form, students should contact the department office.
The department does not offer an honors track, however specific honors sections of chemistry courses are offered. CHEM 101H - Principles of Chemistry I - Honors (4) and CHEM 102H - Principles of Chemistry - Honors (4) , are offered in the fall and spring, respectively. In addition, upper-level honors courses are offered in selected topics. Departmental honors are awarded to graduates in chemistry or biochemistry who achieve scholastic excellence, which is defined as a GPA of 3.5 or better in all chemistry and biochemistry courses, combined with an overall GPA of at least 3.5. At least 18 credit hours in the Chemistry or Biochemistry major must be completed at UMBC and no course may be repeated in the major for a better grade.
Undergraduate research performed under faculty mentors within the department is encouraged. Participating students may receive credit toward graduation for this research through two upper-level courses. CHEM 399 , provides an introduction to research and may be taken for one to three credits. CHEM 499 is an approved elective for the American Chemical Society-certified Chemistry, B.S. and requires preparation of a formal paper based on the student’s original research. A maximum of six credits of CHEM 499 or a maximum of eight credits from the combination of BIOL 398 , BIOL 399 , BIOL 499 , CHEM 399 and CHEM 499 may be taken. The department also offers industrial internships with various partners for additional hands-on experience. The Vitullo Award is presented each year to a junior or senior student working in a faculty member’s laboratory excelling in undergraduate research in the department.
The department offers CHEM 396 . This service-learning course is designed for undergraduate learning assistants in non-laboratory chemistry courses. Students must be recommended in writing by the faculty member teaching the course and be approved by the department. Student work must be performed in a course taught by the Chemistry and Biochemistry department and must have a significant learning component. In addition to their classroom responsibilities, students will participate in a weekly session on effective learning methods and pedagogy taught by a member of the chemistry faculty. P/F grading only, credit will be earned for the mandatory weekly session and for the preparation for and interaction with students in the classroom. A maximum of eight credits of CHEM 396 is allowed. Permission of the instructor is required. Recommended Preparation: A grade of B or higher in the course that they will serve as a Learning Assistant.
Honors and Awards
A number of awards are conveyed to deserving students each spring. Among them are the Vitullo Award, Mittino award, Creighton award and Satterfield award.
Chemistry Tutorial Center
The Chemistry Tutorial Center is staffed by a full-time chemistry instructor and 25 advanced undergraduates who provide free tutoring for students in freshman and sophomore chemistry courses. Small group tutoring and computer-assisted, special topics lessons are available.
American Chemical Society Student Affiliate (ACSSA) Chapter Chemistry/Biochemistry Council of Majors An American Chemical Society (ACS) student affiliate chapter supports an active lecture and tour program to acquaint UMBC students with various career options. The ACSSA outreach program into local elementary schools involves mentoring young students, as well as providing a program of science demonstrations to assist instructors in teaching chemical principles. The ACS affiliate chapter also sponsors the presentation of several undergraduate research projects at the student session of the national ACS meeting each year.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceNon-DegreeDepartmental Honors