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.
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:
- Provide Biology majors with advanced knowledge and information in the fields of General Biology and/or Ecology in courses at an accelerated rate;
- Develop competencies in laboratory techniques and skills that will be necessary upon entrance into the professional working environment; and
- 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.
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.