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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.

Determine Course Meeting Dates & Times

  1. Visit: Testudo
  2. Select Schedule of Classes.
  3. In the box marked Term: Select your specific term and year.
  4. Select Search.
  5. A listing of all departments offering courses for that term/year will appear.
  6. Scroll down and click on the department.
  7. Scroll down to the course and select Show Sections.
  8. View the special SIE-coded section (section #s begin with SEF*–fall; SES*–spring).

SIE Course List

Course sections offered in SIE (section #s begin with SEF*–fall; SES*–spring) follow the same curriculum, have the same academic rigor, and follow the same academic policies as sections that meet at other times for UMD’s undergraduate degree program. The content of SIE sections for these UMD-approved courses—lectures, discussions, and labs—are identical to those sections offered to degree-seeking UMD students.

BCHM463: Biochemistry of Physiology (3 credits) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM271 and CHEM272; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM276 and CHEM277. Credit only granted for: BCHM461, BCHM462 or BCHM463. A one-semester introduction to general biochemistry. A study of protein structure, enzyme catalysis, metabolism, and metabolic regulation with respect to their relationship to physiology. Offered Fall/Spring.

BSCI160: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (3 credits) Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher. Restriction: For Science Majors. Credit only granted for: BSCI106 or BSCI160. Formerly: BSCI106. Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on ecological and evolutionary biology. Offered Spring.

BSCI161: Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab (1 credit) Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher. Co-requisite: BSCI160. Restriction: For Science majors. Basic laboratory principles of biology with special emphasis on ecological and evolutionary biology. Offered Spring.

BSCI170: Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology (3 credits) Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher. Recommended: For Science majors. Credit only granted for: BSCI105 or BSCI170. Formerly: BSCI105. Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology. Offered Fall/Spring.

BSCI171: Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory (1 credit) Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher. Co-requisite: BSCI170. Recommended: For Science majors. Basic laboratory principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology. Offered Fall/Spring.

BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, neural, endocrine, and sensory systems. Course not acceptable toward major requirements in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Biochemistry. Offered Spring.

BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI201; or permission of CMNS-Biology department. Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Course not acceptable toward major requirements in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Biochemistry. Offered Fall/Spring.

BSCI223: General Microbiology (4 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105. Fundamental concepts in morphology, physiology, genetics, immunology, ecology, and pathogenic microbiology. Applications of microbiology to medicine, the food industry and biotechnology. Offered Fall/Spring.

BSCI330: Cell Biology and Physiology (4 credits) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM131 and CHEM132. And minimum grade of C- in BSCI170 and BSCI171; or minimum grade of C- in BSCI105. Restriction: Must not have completed BSCI230. Credit only granted for: BSCI230 or BSCI330. Formerly: BSCI230. Biochemical and physiological mechanisms underlying cellular function. Properties of cells which make life possible and mechanisms by which cells provide energy, reproduce, and regulate and integrate with each other and their environment. Offered Fall/Spring.

BSCI422: Principles of Immunology (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI223 and BSCI222. Recommended: BSCI330. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. The immune system in health and disease. Presentation and analysis of the cellular and molecular processes that comprise the immune system. Offered Spring.

BSCI424: Pathogenic Microbiology (4 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI223. The role of bacteria and fungi in the diseases of humans with emphasis upon the differentiation and culture of microorganisms, types of disease, modes of disease transmission, prophylactic, therapeutic, and epidemiological aspects. Check with academic adviser to determine when course offered.

BSCI430: Developmental Biology (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI222 and BSCI330. Structural, functional and regulatory events and mechanisms that operate during development to produce an integrated, multicellular organism composed of a multitude of differentiated cell types. Check with academic adviser to determine when course offered.

BSCI440: Mammalian Physiology (4 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI330; and (CHEM231 and CHEM232; or must have completed CHEM233). Or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program. A study of the cardiovascular, hemopoietic, gastrointestinal, renal and respiratory systems. Chemical and endocrine regulation of physiological functions in mammals. Course does not count as an upper level lab for BIOL majors (see BSCI441). Offered Spring.

CHEM131: Chemistry I Fundamentals of General Chemistry (3 credits) Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120, MATH130, or MATH140. Co-requisite: CHEM132. Recommended: For Science majors. Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM131, CHEM135, CHEM153 or CHEM146. Formerly: CHEM103. An overview of the Periodic Table, inorganic substances, ionic and covalent bonding, bulk properties of materials, chemical equilibrium, and quantitative chemistry. CHEM131 is the first course in a four-semester sequence for students majoring in the sciences, other than Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. Offered Fall/Spring.

CHEM132: General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit) Co-requisite: CHEM131. Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM132, CHEM136, CHEM143, CHEM147 or CHEM177. Formerly: CHEM103. Introduction to the quantification of chemical substances, including the concept of the mole and chemical stoichiometry. Additional work involves the synthesis of ionic substances and their qualitative characterization. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM131. Offered Fall/Spring.

CHEM231: Organic Chemistry I (3 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146; and (CHEM132, CHEM136, CHEM147, or CHEM177); and a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required of College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students. Co-requisite: CHEM232. Credit only granted for: CHEM104, CHEM231, CHEM233 or CHEM237. Formerly: CHEM233. The chemistry of carbon: aliphatic compounds, aromatic compounds, stereochemistry, arenes, halides, alcohols, esters and spectroscopy. Offered Fall/Spring.

CHEM232: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit) Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or (CHEM146 and CHEM147). And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students. Co-requisite: CHEM231. Credit only granted for: CHEM104, CHEM231, CHEM233 or CHEM237. Formerly: CHEM233. Provides experience in developing some basic laboratory techniques, recrystallization, distillation, extraction, chromatography. Offered Fall/Spring.

CHEM241: Organic Chemistry II (3 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students. Credit only granted for: CHEM241, CHEM243 or CHEM247. Formerly: CHEM243. A continuation of CHEM231 with emphasis on molecular structure; substitution reactions; carbonium ions; aromaticity; synthetic processes; macromolecules. Offered Fall/Spring.

CHEM242: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit) Prerequisite: CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students. Co-requisite: CHEM241. Credit only granted for: CHEM243 or CHEM247. Formerly: CHEM243. Synthetic organic chemistry through functional group manipulation, introduction to instrumentation essential to analysis and structure elucidation. Offered Fall/Spring.

CHEM271: General Chemistry and Energetics (2 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM241 and CHEM242; or CHEM247. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students. Co-requisite: CHEM272. Credit only granted for: CHEM113, CHEM153, CHEM271 or CHEM276. Formerly: CHEM113. An introduction to the physical aspects of chemistry; chemical kinetics, thermodynamics and electrochemistry in the context of current chemistry research. Offered Fall/Spring.

CHEM272: General Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM241 and CHEM242; or CHEM247. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students. Co-requisite: CHEM271. Credit only granted for: CHEM227, CHEM272 or CHEM277. An introduction to analytical chemistry with an emphasis on bio-analytical instrumentation and techniques. Offered Fall/Spring.

STAT464 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) Prerequisite: Must have completed one semester of calculus. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Credit only granted for: BIOE372 or STAT464. Additional information: Not acceptable toward degrees in MATH/STAT. Probabilistic models. Sampling. Some applications of probability in genetics. Experimental designs. Estimation of effects of treatments. Comparative experiments. Fisher-Irwin test. Wilcoxon tests for paired comparisons. Offered Spring.

PHYS121: Fundamentals of Physics I (4 credits) Prerequisite: MATH112 or MATH115. Credit only granted for: PHYS121 or PHYS131. The first part of a two-semester course in general physics treating the fields of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Together with PHYS122, this generally satisfies the minimum requirement of medical and dental schools. Offered Fall/Spring.

PHYS122: Fundamentals of Physics II (4 credits) Prerequisite: PHYS121; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. A continuation of PHYS121, which together with it, generally satisfies the minimum requirement of medical and dental schools. Offered Fall/Spring.

SIE & Summer Term

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 must 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 MPT, 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.

SIE & Daytime Sections

Registration for daytime courses/sections is limited. Preference is given to degree-seeking undergraduates. SIE students may not register for fall or spring daytime sections until the first day of classes. Students who register for non-program courses prior to the first day of classes will be canceled with no prior notice. A registration block will be placed on the student account. Students who register for a non-program course/section are subject to tuition and fee rates based on their residency classification and not the program rate.

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