Core Faculty Dia Elnaiem, Ph.D. Linda Johnson, Ph.D. Kelly Mack, Ph.D. Madhumi Mitra, Ph.D. Mobolaji Okulate, Ph.D. Joseph Pitula, Ph.D. Douglas Ruby, Ph.D., Biology Group Leader Jeurel Singleton, Ph.D. Maryam Taabodi, M.S.
Mission The mission of the Biology Program is to prepare students for entry into graduate and/or professional schools and for productive careers in biology and biological sciences.
Goal The goal of the Program is to expose students to current trends in the biological sciences by teaching skills and techniques used to obtain, analyze and interpret scientific information. The student develops the ability to think clearly, independently, and critically.
The Biology Program enhances scientific literacy, supports, nurtures, and prepares students for the new millennium.
Objectives Provide students with challenging academic curricula to develop a strong understanding of biomedical science and to obtain a baccalaureate degree in that discipline. Enhance student adaptability to new developments in biology. Train students to conduct scientific research through example, mentoring and personal experience. Prepare students for employment in newly evolving and conventional scientific fields related to biology. Expose students to social, historical, and ethical issues through the Biology curriculum.
Curriculum Expectations The Biology non-teaching curriculum consists of 17 semester hours of program core requirements and 61 hours of program electives and supportive courses. Program electives are selected by the student in consultation with an academic advisor based on the students interest and career goals. An additional 42 hours of general education courses are also required.
Supportive Course Requirements CHEM 111/113 Principles of Chemistry I/Lab CHEM 112/114 Principles of Chemistry II/Lab CHEM 211/213 Fund of Organic Chemistry I/Lab CHEM 212/214 Fund of Organic Chemistry II/Lab CHEM 341/342 Biochemistry I/Lab CHEM 342/344 Biochemistry II/Lab CSDP 220 Introduction to Computer Science or BUED 212 Computer Concepts, Applications I MATH 112 Calculus I
Extramural Research Opportunities Biology majors have the opportunity to participate in summer internships with private industries, federal, state, and local government agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Federal Government Research Laboratories, and other Universities with which collaborative agreements have been established. Students are encouraged to take advantage of summer internship programs to gain extramural research experience.
Intramural Research UMES offers a wide range of research opportunities to students. Areas of research include Microbiology, Ecology, Cancer Research, Molecular Biology, Marine Biology, and Toxicology. Students are exposed to the most current concepts using advanced technology.
Research Facilities Equipment: DNA Analyzer Micro-array Scanner Real-Time PCR Electrophoresis Microplate Reader Fluorescence-Activated Cell Scanner Fluorometer FTIR Spectrometer Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer Inductively Coupled Plasma MS Scanning Electron Microscope Liquid Chromatograph Ion Chromatograph UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
Scholarships Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Minority Biomedical Res. Support (MBRS) UMES Honors Program Alliance for Minority Participation Department of Natural Sciences
If you would like more information, please contact: Dr. Douglas Ruby Biology Group Leader Department of Natural Sciences University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD (410) 651-6013/6015