NOTE: students who started at UMBC before 2010 may be pursuing an older version of the BIOL B.S., BIOL B.A. or BIOL minor degree program that had different requirements than those described here. A full description of these ‘legacy’ degree programs can be found on the Department’s web site.
Students must earn a “C” or better in all BIOL courses and course prerequisites for the minor. At least half of the required BIOL courses and electives for the minor (three of five) must be completed in residence at UMBC.
The BIOL minor may NOT be taken with a major in Biological Sciences (BIOL B.A. or B.S.), Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BIOC), or Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BINF) because of complete overlap in requirements. At least two of the courses used for BIOL minor requirements must not be used in the fulfillment of the coursework of another major, minor or certificate.
Under exceptional circumstances, the Department may waive or alter a BIOL minor requirement. Students seeking to petition for a waiver must consult with their academic adviser, then may submit a ‘Petition for Waiver/Substitution of Program Requirements’ form, found on the Department web site.