Pursue a Life Science Career
Science in the Evening

Science in the Evening (SIE)

Prepare for a life-science related career with Science in the Evening (SIE). This non-degree, post-baccalaureate program provides the pre-requisite coursework needed to apply to most medical, dental, and veterinary schools or biotechnology/biosciences graduate programs. With SIE, you’ll acquire knowledge of the basic foundational curriculum in biology, chemistry, and physics needed for any life sciences career. SIE prepares students who have little or no background in science to succeed with key concepts, outstanding faculty, rigorous academics, and exceptional advising. Find out more at an Advising-Information Session.

SIE is a non-degree, post-baccalaureate program that provides the basic foundational curriculum in biology, chemistry, and physics needed to pursue a life sciences career. SIE provides an excellent science education for students who have little or no background in science. In SIE, students access the necessary coursework in preparation for medical school, dental school, veterinary school, biotechnology/biosciences graduate programs, or other health profession tracks.

SIE is offered during the University’s standard fall and spring semesters and features seminar-style, face to face learning. Courses meet during convenient evening hours in College Park campus classrooms. Qualified students are admitted as non-degree seeking post-baccalaureates.  Credits and grades earned post to the UMD transcript.

SIE evening sections are smaller than daytime sections; SIE lecture sessions generally have 20-40 enrolled students. Small discussion and state-of-the-art lab sections ensure interactive instruction. SIE offers courses for a broad audience and registration is not restricted to a particular course sequence. Students must, however, meet all course pre- and co-requisites. Tuition is charged at the approved Maryland in-state undergraduate rate to students admitted into SIE and who register for SIE course sections. Students who register for non-SIE course sections are charged tuition based on their residency classification. Students are subject to the campus mandatory fees.

SIE is offered by the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. 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. The laboratory teaching assistants are predominantly UMD graduate students, with experience teaching these same courses in the traditional day program.

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