Science in the Evening

Science in the Evening (SIE)

Prepare for a life-sciences career with Science in the Evening (SIE). This non-degree, post-baccalaureate program provides the basic foundational curriculum in biology, chemistry, and physics needed to apply to most medical, dental, and veterinary schools or biotechnology/biosciences graduate programs. SIE prepares students who have little or no background in science to succeed with key concepts, outstanding faculty, rigorous academics, and exceptional advising.

Courses offered in SIE may be used to design a curriculum appropriate for science-related professional or graduate schools. The exact courses and credits that a student takes depends on the intended career path. See Plans of Study.

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.

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.

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 and course-related 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.

Find out more at an Advising-Information Session.

  • The SIE Advising-Information Session reviews the overall program, plans of study, requirements, and other basic components. Students who attend the Information Session may use this to fulfill the mandatory advising requirement upon admission. To prepare for the session, you are encouraged to review the following documents:
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