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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.A.

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The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biological Sciences 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 business, environmental studies, law, or science writing-with a solid background in biology.  In addition to the general UMBC graduation requirements, the Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences degree comprises 55 - 59 credits distributed in the following manner:

Biology Electives (9-12 credits)

Elective 2 - Choose one

Any qualifying BIOL 4XX course (except BIOL 442 , BIOL 495 , BIOL 497H , BIOL 499  or lab courses)

Lab Elective - Choose one

Any BIOL 3XXL laboratory course (except BIOL 300L )

BIOL B.A. additional notes:

1) Students must earn a “C” or better in all major courses and course prerequisites.

2) At least half of the required BIOL courses and electives for the B.A. degree (four of eight) must be completed in residence at UMBC.

3) Students using BIOL 251   and BIOL 252   to fulfill Elective 1 must take BOTH classes.

4) BIOL 442  , BIOL 495  , BIOL 497H  , BIOL 499  , and Lab classes may NOT be used to fulfill Elective 2.     The BIOL 4XX elective class must be taken at UMBC.

5) Students may substitute PHYS 121  for PHYS 111 , and PHYS 122  for PHYS 112 , but should note that PHYS 121 /PHYS 122  may not satisfy some professional school admission requirements.

6) BIOL B.A. majors receive 23 - 27 Upper Level Credits (3XX/4XX) that may be applied to the University requirement of 45 Upper Level credits for graduation, and 55 - 57 credits toward the 120 total credits needed for graduation.

7) The Biological Sciences Department evaluates completion of major requirements based on COURSES completed, not CREDITS completed, because equivalent courses taken elsewhere may not be the same number of credits as the UMBC course they replace.

8) Students who are BIOC (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) majors who wish to also pursue a BIOL B.A. degree may use Core BIOL, CHEM, MATH and PHYS courses from the BIOC major towards the BIOL B.A. degree, but MUST take separate electives for the two degrees. Please note, the university requires students taking two different Bachelor’s degrees (B.A. and B.S.) to take a total of 150 credits.

9) Under exceptional circumstances, the Department may waive or alter a BIOL major 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 here: http://www.umbc.edu/biosci/undergrad/forms.php.


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.


Total: 55-59 Credits

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