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Prepare for a Life-Science Related Career

Science in the Evening

Courses & Instructors | Advising | Information Session

Science in the Evening provides an excellent science education in preparation for medical school, dental school, veterinary school, biotechnology/biosciences graduate programs, or professional advancement. SIE is a post-baccalaureate program designed for students who have an undergraduate degree with little or no background in science and who want to prepare for a life-science related career. SIE is offered at convenient evening times during the University’s fall and spring semester, accommodating busy work and family schedules. Offered through the Biological Sciences Program, College of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland, SIE has assisted students in achieving their goals since 1996.

Courses and Instructors

SIE courses provide the basic foundational curriculum in biology, chemistry, and physics needed for any life sciences career, whether medicine, patent law or graduate study. Offered in the evening, the content of these UMD-approved courses—lectures, discussions, and labs—are identical to those offered to degree-seeking UMD students. SIE courses follow the same curriculum, have the same academic rigor, and follow the same academic policies as the University’s undergraduate program.

Registration for SIE courses is restricted to students who apply and are admitted to SIE. SIE evening sections are smaller than daytime sections with lectures limited to 50-60 students. Small discussion and state-of-the-art lab sections ensure interactive instruction. SIE offers courses for a broader audience and registration is not restricted to a particular course sequence. Students must meet all course pre- and co-requisites.

Course instructors are carefully screened and regularly evaluated to maintain quality. All course lecturers have an earned doctoral degree in the discipline they teach, have a history with the Biology, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments, and are approved by those departments to teach. In several cases, UMD faculty lecture in the evening courses. The laboratory teaching assistants are predominantly UMD graduate students, with experience teaching these same courses in the traditional day program. When that is not the case, teaching assistants with only the highest qualifications in the specific subject matter are hired.


SIE advising supports post-baccalaureate students to begin preparation for a new career, helping students find their way. SIE advising assists with course load and course selection, preparation for MCAT, DAT and other professional and graduate school entrance exams, the application process for professional and graduate schools, and other academic issues.

In addition, the University’s Health Professions Advising Office provides application support, including the committee letter process, to SIE students who have 24 UMD science credits and a 3.0 GPA in courses at UMD. HPAO also presents workshops that include “Am I Ready?” and “Navigating the Application Process,” hosts a Listserv that provides information on health school testing information, healthcare news, and other important issues, and offers other services to help students prepare for the application cycle.

All newly admitted SIE students must attend an advising session. New students have an advising block which prevents registration until this requirement is fulfilled. Students may attend the SIE Advising-Information Session or schedule an appointment with Dr. Joelle C. Presson. As the director, Dr. Presson oversees all academic and advising aspects. She and her staff select and review instructors, advise students, choose courses, and ensure the program’s overall quality. Contact information is as follows:

Joelle C. Presson, PhD
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Academic Programs
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Phone: 301.405.6892

Advising-Information Session

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Fall 2016 Session Details: Session starts promptly; please be on time