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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S.


Biological Sciences

Charles J. Bieberich
B.S., University of Tampa, 1982; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1987

Rachel Brewster
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

David M. Eisenmann
B.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1985; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992

Phillip J. Farabaugh
B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1972; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1978

Jeffrey Gardner
B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002; Ph.D., 2008

Erin Green
B.A. Bryn Mawr College, 2000; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Phyllis R. Robinson
B.A., Wellesley College, 1973; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981

Michelle Starz-Gaiano
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994; Ph.D., New York University, 2002

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Songon An
B.S. Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 1997; Ph.D. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 2005; Post-Doctoral Pennsylvania State University 2011

James C. Fishbein
B.A. Johns Hopkins 1979; Ph.D. Brandeis 1985

Elsa D. Garcin
Post-Doctoral The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (CA) 1999; Ph.D. Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (France) 1998; M.S. Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (France) 1994

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

Minjoung Kyoung
B.A., Ewha Womans University, 1998; M.S., Ewha Womans University, 2000; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2008

William R. LaCourse
B.S., Charter Oak College, 1982; Ph.D, Northeastern University, 1987

H. Mark Perks
B.S., Bucknell University, 1970; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

Katherine L. Seley-Radtke
A.S., St. Petersburg Junior College, 1983; B.A., University of South Florida, 1992; Ph.D., Auburn University, 1996

Paul J. Smith
B.S., State University of New York Brockport, 1988; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1993

Michael F. Summers
B.S., University of West Florida, 1980; Ph.D., Emory University, 1984

Aaron T. Smith
B.A., Boston University, 2007; M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2012

Allison Tracy
B.S. University of Delaware 2001; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2005



The B.S. program consists of 79-82 credits as detailed in the following list.

Note that CHEM 437 , CHEM 438 , CHEM 437L  and the two electives must be completed at UMBC. Taking any other courses required for the major while enrolled at UMBC must be approved by the program.

Any two of the following electives (6-8 credits)


Students looking for a typical 4-year plan should see the Academic Pathways: https://apps.my.umbc.edu/pathways/index.php?SelUrl=0&major_list=111”. For the latest information on requirements, please consult the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program web site.

Individual Laboratory Research

1-4 credits (recommended)

Students have the opportunity to integrate what they have learned by doing independent research with participating faculty. Those working with a biological sciences faculty member may register for BIOL 399  or BIOL 499 . Those working in a chemistry and biochemistry faculty laboratory may register for CHEM 399  or CHEM 499 .

* MATH 251  and CHEM 302  are recommended for those anticipating graduate study in chemistry, biophysical chemistry or biophysics.


The following courses, which have variable topics, may be approved as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology electives in those years when their topic is appropriate (subject to confirmation in each case by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Committee):


In fulfilling major requirements, CHEM 437 , CHEM 438  and CHEM 437L  must be completed at UMBC, with a grade of “C” or better. An overall “C” average must be maintained in required courses. Prerequisites for all courses in the major must be satisfied with a grade of “C” or better.