REQUIREMENTS

  • For best consideration, students applying from two-year institutions are strongly encouraged to earn an Associate’s Degree.
  • Students may apply up to 60 credits from their previous two-year institution/s.
  • The required GPA is 2.5 or better for best consideration and a minimum of C- or better in all prerequisites.
  • Studens are strongly encouraged to set-up a pre-advising appointment to discuss their eligibility for admission in our program.

STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION WITHOUT THE FOLLOWING COURSES COMPLETED:

Course Title

University

of

Maryland

Montgomery

College

Howard

Community

College

Frederick

Community

College

Prince

George’s

Community

College

Principles of Biology I

BSCI170 & 171

BIOL150

BIOL101

BI101

BIO1140

General Chemistry I

CHEM131 & 132

CHEM131

CHEM101

CH101

CHM1010

General Chemistry II

CHEM271 & 272

CHEM132

CHEM102

CH102

CHM1020

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM231 & 232

CHEM203

CHEM201

CH201

CHM2010

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM241 & 242

CHEM204

CHEM202

CH202

CHM2020

Calculus I

MATH130 or 140

MATH170/181

MATH181

MA210

MAT2410

ADDITIONAL LOWER LEVEL PREREQUISITES

Students can be admitted into the program without completion of any TWO of the following additional prerequisites.  These remaining two courses can be completed during your studies at Shady Grove by enrolling in courses at either Montgomery College (or other acceptable transfer institution) or the Universityof Maryland, College Park main campus.

Course Title University of Maryland Montgomery College Howard Community College Frederick Community College Prince Georges Community College

Genetics

BSCI222

BIOL222

BIOL201 & 202

BI240

BIO2030

Microbiology

BSCI223

BIOL210

BIOL200

BI203

BIO2010

Principles of Biology II

BSCI160 & 161

BIOL151

BIOL102

BI102

BIO1130

Calculus II

MATH131or141

MATH171/182

MATH182

MA211

MAT2420

A NOTE ABOUT THE PHYSICS REQUIREMENT

Effective Fall 2013, students seeking to complete the Biological Sciences degree must take the Physics for Life Sciences or more advanced physics sequence.  In order to ensure they are completing the correct physics requirements, students are encouraged to take Physics for Life Sciences I and II.  These courses are currently offered at USG as PHYS331 and PHYS332 and are typically completed during the first year of the program.  Note that PHYS121 and PHYS122 are no longer acceptable for graduation from the Biological Sciences major.  

Alternatively accepted physics credit can be earned through the calculus-based PHYS161, PHYS260, PHYS261 sequence.  Students who have completed physics prior to transferring into our Biology program can search for course credit transferability at the Transfer Credit Center website.  They can also contact us at: usgbiosci@umd.edu