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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S.

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The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S. (under the auspices of Biological Sciences  and Chemistry and Biochemistry ) offers students a unique interdisciplinary curriculum and exposure to a wide range of faculty members. With a curriculum drawing from both disciplines as well as specific biochemistry courses, the program provides a broad background in the physical and life sciences. It is suitable for students planning careers in laboratory research or further training in graduate, medical, or other biomedical professional programs, such as medicine, dentistry, and medical technology. Students work with an advisor from either the Department of Biological Sciences  or Chemistry and Biochemistry 

University Requirements

Completion of Minimum University Requirements for an Undergraduate Baccalaureate Degree .

  • Minimum 120 credits and minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of 45 upper-level credits, residence requirement, Writing Intensive requirement, and General Education requirement

Major Requirements

  • Minimum 79 credits
  • A cumulative major GPA of 2.0 or above is required. A minimum grade of ‘C’ or better is required for all biochemistry and pre-requisite courses. 

Course Requirements

Electives (6-8 credits)

Complete 2 from the following courses in residence at UMBC:

Individual Laboratory Research

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 .

Preparation for Graduate Study

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

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Programs

Qualified students may apply to an accelerated program, which allows them to share courses between a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Students take graduate courses as undergraduate students and later apply those courses to master’s degrees. An undergraduate may apply to participate in an accelerated program even if the desired graduate program is in a department other than the one in which the student is majoring. More information is available from the Accelerated Program page of the Graduate School website.

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