Pursue a Life Science Career


How SIE Works

Overview | Plans of Study | MCAT Prep

Program Overview

Science in the Evening (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.

Plans of Study

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. Registration for SIE course sections is restricted to students who are admitted to SIE. Below are plans of study to prepare for Medical School and Dental School application and associated admission test.

Students should visit the Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office to determine plans of study for Nursing, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Medical Technology, Dental Hygiene, and Podiatry. Students interested in applying to Veterinary Schools, should visit the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine to learn overall requirements.

Starting SIE in the Summer

SIE is a fall/spring program and the tuition and fees associated with SIE are applicable ONLY for fall/spring. A student MAY begin in Summer Term, but would pay Summer Term tuition/fees based on their residency classification. Thus, if you are classified as a non-Maryland resident, you would pay the out-of-state per credit tuition rate. Residency determinations are made according to the Board of Regents Policy on Student Residency Classification. For more information on Summer Term tuition & fees, click here.

Students wishing to start in the Summer Term will need to complete the following:

  • Submit a Summer Term application. Application instructions and deadlines associated with Summer Term are posted here.
  • Register for course(s) and submit payment.
    • NOTE: Summer Term payment policy does not follow the standard fall/spring semester plan. Students are not billed. If payment is not submitted, students may be canceled or withdrawn and blocked from future registration. If the course is full, the student may lose the course seat. Notification of this requirement is sent to the e-mail of record following any add/drop activity. No additional reminder is provided.
  • Submit a Fall SIE application by June 1 with original transcripts, complete the MPE, and the mandatory advising requirement. Summer Term admission does NOT guarantee admission to SIE.
    • The SIE application fee will be waived for students that select this option. After you submit the Fall SIE application, send an email to sie-oes@umd.edu confirming that you submitted the Summer Term application and need to have your Fall SIE application fee waived.

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