Master of Chemical & Life Sciences

Plan of Study

The Master of Chemical and Life Sciences (MCLFS) is a 30-credit graduate program designed to be completed in 15 months of full-time study. Full-time students enroll in two 3-credit courses over the course of five 12-week terms. Part-time enrollment is welcome. Below is an example of a full time plan of study for fall admission. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the program director. 

The program uses the term academic calendar: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer). See Approved Term Calendars for a specific academic year start and end dates. Online content is delivered through UMD’s online learning environment.

Specific class meeting information is posted on UMD’s online schedule of classes, Testudo.

Sample Plan of Study: Fall Admission, Full Time
Term Year Sections Begin With Credits Per Term
I 1 PL** 6
II 1 PL** 6
III 1 PL** 6
IV 1 PL** 6
I 2 PL** 6
Courses in the MCLFS are offered as follows:
Category Course # Title Credit Level Term I Term II Term III Term IV
Scholarly Paper CLFS608 Scholarly Paper 1-3 Y Y Y Y
Scholarly Paper CLFS608A Independent Research 1-3 Y Y Y Y
General Course CLFS609A Food Safety and Genetically Modified Foods 3 Y      
General Course CLFS609B The Biology of Reproduction 3   Y    
General Course CLFS609C Emerging Infectious Diseases 3   Y    
General Course CLFS609D Microbiology 3       Y
General Course CLFS609E Immunology 3       Y
General Course CLFS609F Principles of Paleobiology 3 Y Y    
General Course CLFS609G Biology of Cancer 3       Y
General Course CLFS609J Evolutionary Biology 3       Y
General Course CLFS610 Natural Products Chemistry 3 Y Y    
General Course CLFS619A Molecular Spectroscopy 3 Y Y    
General Course CLFS619B Environmental Chemistry 3 Y Y    
General Course CLFS619D Forensic Chemistry 3     Y  
General Course CLFS620 Modern Molecular Genetics 3 Y   Y  
General Course CLFS630 Principles of Transmission Genetics 3   Y    
General Course CLFS640 Human Physiology 3   Y   Y
General Course CLFS655 Chemistry & Application of Electrochemical Cells 3       Y
General Course CLFS660 Biodiversity and Conservation Biology 3   Y   Y
General Course CLFS665 Ecology and Global Change 3 Y   Y  
General Course CLFS680 Chemical Ecology 3 Y Y    
General Course CLFS690 Biochemistry 3     Y  
Practical Experience CLFS710 Experimental Biology 6       Y
Experimental Design CLFS725 Experimental Design 2   Y   Y

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