Biological Sciences

About the Program

The University of Maryland, College Park offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biological Sciences at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Click here for more information about our program. 

Admissions and Financial Aid

Click here for the Undergraduate Application Form.

See the admissions and financial aid page to find out about the pre-requisite courses and the program requirements before applying for admissions.

2012-2013 Tuition and Fee Schedule available here.


View course descriptions and a list of courses that are part of the junior and senior years of the biological sciences.

See the Fall 2012 Course Schedule for Juniors and Seniors.

See the Spring 2013 Tentative Course Schedule for Juniors and Seniors.

Our FacultY

Read the bios of the faculty that teach various courses within the Biological Sciences program.

Internships & opportunities in biological sciences

View the opportunities that students can pursue while still in school.

See career options that you can pursue after you complete your Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.

Why be a 'Terp' at Shady Grove

Know more about the advantages of studying at the Shady Grove campus.

Shady grove misconceptions

Please refer to the below chart to clear some common misconceptions about the transferring to USG and our program offerings:

Myth/False Truth
Graduates will receive a degree from The Universities at Shady Grove Graduates of this program receive a bachelors degree (B.S.) from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in Biological Sciences
Students can transfer all of their community college coursework to UMCP UMCP will accept up to 60 applicable transfer credits from a 2-year institution towards this degree program at USG
USG is not a full service campus USG offers academic and financial aid counselors, academic support and career centers, a full service library, cafe, fitness facilities, student clubs, social activities, and more
There are no internship opportunities at USG USG and the Biological Sciences Department have partnered with several local businesses and research organizations such as IBBR to offer internships for credit towards graduation (not science credit)
Students at USG are not qualified for UMCP scholarships Students in the Biological Sciences program at USG are eligible for both UMCP and USG scholarship opportunities
Students must travel to main campus at College Park for some classes There are ample courses offered at USG and students can complete all program requirements without traveling to main campus
All lower level coursework must be completed prior to transferring into the program With advisor approval, students can complete a limited number of lower level courses at another institution to complete degree requirements
All admission requirements are identical to UMCP's main campus in College Park Students must select "Shady Grove" or "Both" on the UMCP application in order to apply to any program at USG

JOin us for an open house

USG Open Houses are a great way to have all of your transfer questions addressed.  Prospective students have the opportunity to meet with our Program Director, take a tour of campus, obtain finanacial aid information, and even have transcripts evaluated.

Open Houses are generally held once every semester and in summer and are a great way to prepare for admissions in the following months.  The next Open House will be held on October 20, 2012 for students seeking admission in spring 2013 or a later timeframe.

Contact Information

For information about the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences offered by the University of Maryland, College Park, please contact the Biological Sciences Program Office at 301-738-6007, or e-mail us at

Photos and student life

CLICK HERE for our January 2011 Newsletter!

Students at USG enjoy small class sizes and a personalized academic experience which is complemented by the science labs, full service campus offerings, and student activities.  This includes the student run organizations B.E.S.T.-Biology Engaging Students Together and Terps Without Borders (TWB).  Below you will find a glimpse of USG student life:

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