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Chemical and Biological Sciences

Welcome to the CBS unit! - continued

The Chemical and Biological Sciences unit (CBS) consists of four departments, over 90 full time faculty and staff and numerous part-time instructors that are dedicated to serving over 13,000 students a semester. We believe that learning should be a lifelong experience and enthusiastically put the success of our students first! The unit is largely supportive in mission, providing students with general education opportunities and core courses in preparation for a future in Allied Health, biotechnology industries, or Life Sciences.  Many of our students receive a certificate or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree prior to transferring to a four-year school in a STEM related program.

The CBS unit is growing, especially in our two core areas: Chemical sciences and biological sciences.  This reflects continued student interest in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics fields.  We have built academic partnerships with MCPS and with area four-year schools such as the Universities at Shady Grove and the University of Maryland, College Park. Our biotechnology program has crafted corporate partnerships with regional businesses like Biorelience, Human Genome Sciences/ GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, and Quality Biological, Inc.  We even have community partnerships with organizations like Silver Spring Green.
The Chemical and Biological Sciences is experiencing wonderful growth and we invite you to be a part of it and take full advantage of our top-notch academic and cultural offerings. Thanks for stopping by our website.  

For our students, each campus have discipline themed instructional learning centers.  On the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus there are two learning centers (Science Learning Center (SN 100) and  Mathematics Learning Center (P1 100).  At the Rockville campus is the Math/Science Center (MT 02).  The Germantown campus has the Math & Accounting Learning Center (HT229) and the Science Learning Center (SA 202).  Each center has access to scientific equipment, computers, and free, peer and faculty lead tutorial support.

We offer biology courses for the life science major and non-science major alike. Students considering careers in the health sciences or research should usually begin with BIOL 150 Principles of Biology I. Non-majors should consider taking BIOL 101 General Biology or one of our many general education courses (i.e. BIOL 105 Environmental Biology, BIOL 114 Understanding Viruses, BIOL 130 Human Body). Several biology courses have associated honors modules enabling registered students to complete an additional research project. Students may want to join the Biology Club.

We offer chemistry courses as well.  Several chemistry courses offer the opportunity for honors research. Students can take courses ranging from Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 131) through Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 204). Non-majors should consider taking CHEM 109 Chemistry and Society.  


Dr. James Sniezek
Instructional Dean
Science South 120A    
7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
240-567-1408       


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