Benchmarks and LEP requirements

Overview of Benchmark and LEP requirements

  • Biological Sciences students must complete specific benchmark courses for two benchmark reviews.
  • LEP gateway courses are the benchmark courses for the first benchmark review (45 credit review). Additional courses are needed for the second benchmark review (75 credit review).
  • Benchmark courses must be passed with a "C-" or better.
  • Students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (LEP requirement).
  • Students may repeat only one LEP gateway course (details on www.lep.umd.edu).
  • Failure to meet benchmark and/or LEP requirements will lead to dismissal from the major.

Benchmark Courses and Review terms

First Benchmark

Direct admit freshmen- complete by 3rd semester in major
Transfer students- complete before entry into major

  • MATH 130 or 140
  • BSCI 160&161 (formerly BSCI 106)
  • BSCI 170&171 (formerly BSCI 105)
  • 2 semesters of Chemistry with lab (CHEM 131&132 and CHEM 231&232)

Second Benchmark

Direct admit freshmen- complete by 5th semester in major
Transfer students- complete by 2nd semester in major

  • MATH 130 or 140
  • MATH 131 or 141
  • BSCI 160&161 (formerly BSCI 106)
  • BSCI 170&171 (formerly BSCI 105)
  • BSCI 207
  • BSCI 222
  • 4 semesters of Chemistry with lab (CHEM 131&132, CHEM 231&232, CHEM 241&242, CHEM 271&272)

FAQs

Is it possible to get an extension to complete benchmark requirements?
Students who study abroad for a fall or spring semester, or who are away from the University for a semester are eligible for an extension to their benchmark reviews.