2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 07, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Honors Non-Teaching, B.S.


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Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in Biology Honors Non – Teaching must complete a total of 120 credit hours of University courses. This includes a minimum of 42 semester hours of General Education Requirements, 25 semester hours of Departmental Core courses, 20 semester hours of program electives, 31 semester hours of Supportive courses and 2 semester hours of free electives.

Objectives

The primary mission of The Honors Biology Program is to prepare academically talented students for entry into graduate and professional schools with an emphasis on admission into PhD graduate programs, and also professional schools that offer degrees in Doctor of Medicine*, Dental Surgery*, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. The objectives are to:

  1. Provide Biology majors with advanced knowledge and information in the fields of General Biology and/or Ecology in courses at an accelerated rate;
  2. Develop competencies in laboratory techniques and skills that will be necessary upon entrance into the professional working environment; and
  3. Develop technical, communication and critical thinking skills of Biology majors in the Department of Natural Sciences and train the same through mentoring and personal experience to conduct scientific research.

Career Opportunities

The Honors Curriculum is challenging and facilitates acceptance into internships furthering the student’s career at UMES. As graduates have a higher rate of entry into graduate programs nationwide, they can pursue a biomedical or graduate degree for entrance into a specialized area of medicine, dentistry, academia, research or consulting careers. Three resources for career opportunities are the following websites: Sciencecareers.sciencemag.org covers all sciences while www.aibs.org/careers covers all area of Biology and www.ecoemploy.com covers the ecological and environmental fields. The specific courses taken in the undergraduate program are generally chosen based on the goals of the student for his/her future career.

Required Courses


General Education Requirements


All Biology majors are expected to complete a common body of academic course work. The General Education Requirements are designed to promote the development of a comprehensive educational base which will effectively support a student’s choice of a major concentration. MATH 099  and MATH 109  do not meet the General Education Requirement for a degree in biology, chemistry or environmental sciences; and do not apply toward graduation requirements. However, students placed in MATH 099  or MATH 109  should take these courses to prepare them for the required MATH 110  and higher-level math courses.

Students in the Honors program should take honors courses designated by HONORS. All students are encouraged to take a couple of courses online or during summer and winter sessions to develop skills that will support lifelong learning. Discuss with your advisor for details.

General education requirements are distributed as follows:

Curriculum Area I - Arts and Humanities: Credits 9


Curriculum Area II - Social and Behavioral Sciences: Credits 6


Students must select one course from each of two disciplines.

Curriculum Area IV - Mathematics: Credits 6


Curriculum Area V - English Composition: Credits 9


Curriculum Area VI - Emerging Issues: Credits 4


Total Required for General Education: Credits 42


1Students must pass ENGL 101  and ENGL 102  with grade of “C” or above before taking ENGL 203 .

2Honors students should take honors courses.

Program Requirements


Core Requirements: Credits 25


A minimum of 20 credits must be selected. A grade of “C” or better is required in each of these courses. Students with interest in pursuing medicine and/or professional and graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences are encouraged to take General Biology Electives. Likewise, students with interest in Ecology are encouraged to take Ecology Electives. Students are encouraged to take only one course in an area not related to his/her career interest.

A grade of “C” or better is required in each of the Program Core Requirements.

Program Electives: Credits 20


A minimum of 20 credits must be selected. A grade of “C” or better is required in each of these courses. Students with interest in pursuing medicine and/or professional and graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences are encouraged to take General Biology electives. Likewise, students with interest in Ecology are encouraged to take Ecology electives. Students are encouraged to take only one course in an area not related to his/her career interest.

Free Electives: Credits 2


Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120


Curriculum Guide for Biology Honors


 

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