Explore Your Major Options

Before meeting with an advisor at Orientation, it is a good idea to review the wide range of major options within the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Students should be sure to select a major that reflects their interests as well as their aptitude. It is often just as important to consider post-graduate plans such as ensuring that a major will provide the academic background necessary for professional or graduate schools.


Selecting the right major can often be a difficult decision but is important to know that the CNMS Advising Team will be available during the online registration period to discuss options. To prepare for this conversation, review the major options listed below and then proceed to the following links to understand the focus, research, career options, graduation plans, and course requirements for the various life science majors. Student’s interested in the areas of physics, math, and statistics will be redirected to the respective department homepages for additional advising and major support.


Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

  • Mathematics, B.A. or B.S.
  • Statistics, B.S.

Department of Physics

  • Physics, B.S.
  • Physics Education, B.A.


The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences offers the following major at UMBC’s campus at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD:

Translational Life Sciences Technology (B.S)


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 Individualized Studies program. The Department of Marine Biotechnology does offer some opportunities for Undergraduate Research, both during the academic year and through special summer programs.