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.

UMD MCAT Preparation Program

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