A primary mission of the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics is to provide undergraduate students with an education that integrates theoretical concepts with laboratory and research skills, while giving students opportunities to grow and build a knowledge base for productive careers. Our faculty has also been committed to offering a number of courses for non-majors in order to provide those students with opportunities to learn and think about the larger issues in the biological sciences and in biotechnology.
The College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (CMNS) administers the Biological Sciences Program.
The Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics contributes to the teaching of this program through
Undergraduates majoring in the Biological Sciences have the option to choose an emphasis area in biology. The Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Administers and advises students for three emphasis areas: Cell Biology and Genetics, Microbiology and General Biology. The requirements and courses in these emphasis areas can be seen at bsci.umd.edu/major-requirements
Advising is mandatory within the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Each student will be required to meet with a faculty advisor every semester. The Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics has established a three-phase advising program in which all faculty members serve as advisors.
Students may gain research experience on campus by arranging to work in a laboratory and earn credit toward the Biological Sciences degree.
There are many options for students to work and receive credit for research conducted in
Information pages on research opportunities can be found at bsci.umd.edu/research-internships
Students working in CBMG faculty laboratories may apply to participate in the Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Departmental Honors Program.
This program offers students opportunity to work for an extended period in a faculty laboratory. Students receive academic credit and an honors citation upon graduation for their completion of the program. This experience is highly recommended for students interested in attending graduate school in the sciences.
The Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics recognizes outstanding seniors through an annual award ceremony. Awards given to undergraduates include:
The Department houses the University of Maryland student chapter of the American Society for Microbiology, the professional scientific society for microbiologists. This group holds social and academic activities that are of interest to students of microbiology and related disciplines. Information on this organization may be obtained through the department office.
For information on Undergraduate Opportunities in Microbiology, Cell Biology and Genetics and Plant Biology, please contact:
Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Office of Undergraduate Programs
1109 Microbiology Bldg
Undergraduate Office: Megan Leung: 301-405-2766
Director of Undergraduate Programs: Dr. David Straney, Phone: 301-405-1622