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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, B.S.

The B.S. curriculum consists of 88-92 credits distributed as follows:

Electives 9-12

  • 1 List A Elective
  • 1 List B Electives
  • 1 List A/B Electives


A majority of the required biology courses must be completed in residence at UMBC. In fulfilling major requirements in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, a student must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses used to fulfill major requirements for the B.S. Under certain circumstances and after petitioning, students may be able to graduate with a grade of “D” in a single (not retaken) course, provided that they have an overall “C” average in all required courses, upon approval by the Undergraduate Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences. Prerequisites and co-requisites for all courses will be enforced. Prerequisites must be satisfied with a grade of “C” or better. Students will be allowed only two attempts to earn a grade of “C” or better in all required biology (BIOL XXX) courses. Students who have not earned a grade of “C” or better (including a grade of “W”) after two attempts will no longer be eligible for the B.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and must change their major. The department will adhere to university policies that limit to two the number of times a student may register for the same course.

Gateway requirements

Students must complete the courses below with a Grade Point Average (GPA) no lower than 3.0 and with no grade lower than “C” in any of the courses. At least three of these courses must be completed at UMBC. A course may be repeated once to meet gateway requirements, but both grades will be used to compute the gateway GPA. (e.g. a student receiving a grade of “B” in all six gateway courses with one enrollment in each course will have a gateway GPA of 3.0. A student receiving an initial grade of “C” and a repeated grade of “B” in CHEM 101 , with a “B” in all other gateway courses, will have a gateway GPA of 2.86).


Students who do not meet the above criteria (e.g. transfer students who transfer in more than three of the above courses) may petition the BINF steering committee for admission to the program.