Why choose to major in the biological or chemical sciences?
The University of Maryland graduates more life scientists than any other academic institution (public or private) in the State
- We offer four exciting majors -- in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and Environmental Sciences - Biodiversity and Conservation.
- Our student body is diverse:
- nearly to 50% of our undergraduates are non-Caucasian, including many students from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences.
- We are among the top institutions nation-wide in graduating African-American students with degress in the Biological Sciences.
- In 2009, 59% of CLFS undergraduate degrees were awarded to women.
- Each year, about 80% of Maryland students admitted to medical and dental schools graduate with degrees in the biological or chemical sciences.
- About 25% of our students participate in an international course, study abroad semester, or international research or service learning experience during their undergraduate study.
We have top-notch faculty and new science facilities
- Faculty members teach our undergraduate lecture courses. Check out our faculty members.
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- Our Bioscience Research Building, home to 33 research laboratories opened for classes in Fall 2007. A new Organic Chemistry Wing houses state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. Renovations of general chemistry teaching laboratories were recently completed, and a new Learning Center for Introductory Biology is under construction in HJ Patterson Hall. A new Physical Sciences Complex in our college is also under construction.
Our students gain "hands on" experience through research and internships
The University is located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, an area thriving with research activity in the biological and chemical sciences, and the 3rd largest biotechnology region in the country.
- Over 80% of graduating seniors engage in at least one internship or research experience during their time at Maryland, including research on campus and work at area hospitals; dentist's, veterinarian's, or doctor’s offices; in nearby federal laboratories - such as NIH, NIST, USDA, FDA, and the Smithsonian Institution; and many other research institutions and private companies.
- We’ve been awarded $8.2M in Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grants since 1992 - to support undergraduate research fellowships and curriculum enhancements.
- Our current research areas of emphasis include comparative and functional genomics, ecological sustainability, host-pathogen interactions, nanoscience and biomaterials, computational biology and bioinformatics, and sensory neuroscience.