UMBC has established sample 4-year Academic Pathways for every major offered by the University. These Pathways assume that a student enters UMBC eligible to enroll in MATH151 (Calculus and Analytical Geometry I) and have completed at least three levels of Foreign Language study in a single language in High School (equivalent to two semesters of Foreign Language study in a single language at the college level). Students with less experience/skill in these two areas should anticipate the need for additional coursework to bring their experience/skill up to the required level.
Be aware that these Pathways are examples. While the departments in CNMS worked to provide Pathways that represent a reasonable plan to complete a UMBC degree in four years, there is no single, correct way to pursue a degree at UMBC. Each student should remember to factor in their own academic strengths and weaknesses, their personal and professional commitments beyond their studies (e.g., work and family responsibilities), their career goals, and their financial situation when creating their own personalized Academic Plan for graduation. Some majors allow for a great deal of flexibility in the way that major and degree requirements can be sequenced, so a student’s own plan may ultimately look very different from what is presented in the Pathways.
In addition to the Academic Pathways, each CNMS Department provides information about their Undergraduate Programs on their Departmental web site. Follow the link(s) below to the Department that offers your intended major. If you have questions about these requirements, you can bring them to your O&CS Day, or reach out to the appropriate CNMS Advising Contacts.
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, B.S. (joint program with the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry)
- Biological Sciences, B.A. or B.S.
- Biology Education, B.A.
- Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, B.S.
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, B.S. (joint program with the Department of Biological Sciences)
- Chemistry, B.A. or B.S.
- Chemistry Education, B.A.
- Mathematics, B.A. or B.S.
- Statistics, B.S.
- Physics, B.S.
- Physics Education, B.A.
The CNMS is also home to the Department of Marine Biotechnology. However, this department does not offer any undergraduate-level degree programs. Students considering a career in Marine Biology may wish to prepare themselves for graduate study in that field by majoring in Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, or by developing their own program of study through UMBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies program. The Department of Marine Biotechnology does offer some opportunities for Undergraduate Research, both during the academic year and through special summer programs.
Transfer students: Please note that UMBC limits the number of times that a student may take any course to TWO (2) attempts. Attempts made at previous institutions are included in this count. In addition, notations/grades of “W” (course withdrawal) are also counted as attempts. If, at the time of transfer, you have already exceeded the limit of attempts for a course required for your intended major – or will be required to exceed that limit in order to continue in that major – you may be automatically disqualified from pursuing that major.
If you are looking for UMBC’s majors in Environmental Science & Geography or Geography & Environmental Studies, they are offered by the Department of Geography & Environmental Systems, in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS).
Students who are planning to apply to professional school after UMBC should also familiarize themselves with the information published by the UMBC Department that provides supplementary advising for their professional goals:
- The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office has information for students planning to apply to Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Optometry, and Podiatry programs.
- The Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising has information for students planning to apply to Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Medical & Research Technology, and other allied health programs.
- The Department of Political Science coordinates the Pre-Law program, for students planning to apply to Law School, or who wish to pursue employment in law-related areas.