- Last Updated on Wednesday November 06, 2013
Healing human bodies, splicing genes, or preserving endangered ecosystems, the life sciences will be central to the work of the 21st century. No area of knowledge will be more important in defining the way we live and survive as individuals and as a people. Young men and women with a knowledge of the biological sciences, including biochemistry, psychology, chemistry, horticulture, and animal sciences will be tomorrow's physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and researchers. In expanding the frontiers of scientific knowledge, they will redefine life itself for their generation and for generations to come.
Students who want to major in these disciplines will find the Life Sciences program of College Park Scholars an excellent place to further their studies or define their interests. Those interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science will also find this College Park Scholars program an entry point for the studies which will extend far beyond the bachelor's degree into a lifetime of learning and professional practice.
Life Sciences, sponsored by the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and housed in Cumberland Hall, exposes students to various scientific fields and provides hands on experience to enhance personal, academic, and professional development. Students in the program represent a variety of majors and interests, though many are in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.
Understanding the importance of interdisciplinary learning, Life Sciences merges inside-the-classroom experiences with outside-the-classroom opportunities. During both years of the program, the program's colloquium introduces current scientific issues and helps students explore their academic interests. The first year features a general colloquium for all students, in which a weekly discussion features guest speakers from many different scientific perspectives. During their second year, students choose from one of four colloquia each semester, allowing them to further hone in on their area of interest. Past examples include Case Studies in Medicinal Chemistry, Bioethics and the New Embryology, Survival of the Sickest, and the Biology and Ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.
Students connect what they have learned in class with practical experiences such as field trips, lab visits, internships, and international travel. In the past, Life Sciences students have been on boating trips in the Chesapeake Bay, camping trips in Western Maryland, visited the National Institute of Health, the Baltimore National Aquarium, and taken trips abroad to Alaska, Belize, and Australia.
Life Sciences is committed to fostering an excellent living-learning experience for its students, and is confident that it provides engaging and educational opportunities.