Science Courses

BSCI330 Cell Biology and Physiology (4 credits)
Biochemical and physiological mechanisms underlying cellular function. Properties of cells which make life possible and mechanisms by which cells provide energy, reproduce, and regulate and integrate with each other and their environment.

BSCI353 Principles of Neuroscience (3 credits)
Principles of nervous system function, ranging from molecular and cellular basis of neuron function through nervous system integration.

BSCI422 Immunology(3 credits)
The immune system in health and disease. Presentation and analysis of the cellular and molecular processes that comprise the immune system. 

BSCI437 General Virology (3 credits)
Discussion of the physical and chemical nature of viruses, virus cultivation and assay methods, virus replication, viral diseases with emphasis on the oncogenic viruses, viral genetics, and characteristics of the major virus groups.

BSCI440 Mammalian Physiology (4 credits)
A study of the cardiovascular, hemopoietic, gastrointestinal, renal and respiratory systems. Chemical and endocrine regulation of physiological functions in mammals.

BSCI454 Neurobiology Laboratory (1 credit)
Basic neuroanatomical techniques, intracellular and extracellular recordings of electrical potentials from nerve and muscle. 

BCHM463 Biochemistry of Physiology; (3 credits)
An introduction to general biochemistry. A study of protein structure, enzyme catalysis, metabolism, and metabolic regulation with respect to their relationship to physiology.

PHYS121 Fundamentals of Physics I (4 credits)
The first part of a two-semester course in general physics treating the fields of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

PHYS122 Fundamentals of Physics II (4 credits)
A continuation of PHYS121.

Non-Science Courses

Students pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences are required to meet a minimum of 6 credit hours of Advanced Studies, at least one Diversity course (3 credit hours) and a Professional Writing (3 credits) requirement as part of the general education degree requirements. Students may need to take additional courses to earn enough credits for graduation (120) and do so by taking courses from other UMCP programs at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Program Sample Course:

Communications: COMM 371 Communication and Digital Media (3 credits)

Criminology and Criminal Justice: CCJS 352 Drugs and Crime (3 credits)

Business Management: BMGT 350 Marketing Principles and Organization (3 credits)

Plan for a four semester curriculum (courses are subject to change):

(Course code | Course name | Course credits)

Fall Year 1
BCHM463 Biochemistry of Physiology3
BSCI330 Cell Biology and Physiology 4
PHYS131 Physics For Life Sciences I4
HLTH377 Human Sexuality (Advanced Studies) 3
BSCI279B Strategies for Success 1

Spring Year 1
BIOM301 Biometrics 3
BSCI440Mammalian Physiology 4
PHYS132 Physics For Life Sciences II  4
ENGL395 Writing for Health Professionals 3

Fall Year 2
BSCI353 Principles of Neuroscience 3
BSCI437 General Virology 3
CCJS310 Criminal Investigations 3
HIST 329K History of Rock and Roll 3
FMSC341 Personal & Family Finance 3

Spring Year 2
BSCI422 Immunology 3
BSCI454 Neurobiology Laboratory 1
BSCI433 Biology of Cancer 3
HIST404 History of Biology (CORE SH) 3
ANTH429A Plagues, Pathogens and Public Policy 3
COMM382 Essentials of Intercultural Communication 3

Academic Policies

Students in the program must familiarize themselves with the academic policies required by the College and University.

Registration Advising

All students are required to meet with their academic advisor each semester prior to registration for the following semester.