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Biology: The UDC Edge

Biology students at the University of the District of Columbia are fully engaged in the research life of the university. Through the STEM Center for Research and Development and other research initiatives offered by UDC and the Biology Program, students can gain research experience as an undergraduate, putting their classroom knowledge to work and providing unique preparation for graduate study or employment in the field.

In addition, the Biology Program is one of a few institutions in the United States that offers a Master of Science Degree in Cancer Biology, Prevention, and Control. Biology masters students have the unique opportunity to work in partnership with expert faculty researchers at the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center to better understand this debilitating disease.

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Biology

The Biology Program is located in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Program offers two academic degrees: Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Cancer Biology, Prevention, and Control.  These degrees are designed to enhance scientific knowledge and career potential for individuals preparing to become biologists, biomedical/cancer researchers or health care professionals. The Biology Program places a special emphasis on inquiry-based learning, giving students the opportunity to engage in grant-funded research as-well-as educational experiences in the metropolitan D.C. area. These real-world experiences—including opportunities to attend seminars and conferences, serve as science fair advisors, visit with the leading health care professionals and researchers in the field, and conduct research in a laboratory setting—complement intensive classroom learning.  The Program has the philosophy of providing undergraduate research experiences to all biology majors, enabling them to enroll in competitive advance degree programs and/or pursue specialized career pathways. Additionally, the Biology Program provides opportunities for non-biology majors to take courses in the biological sciences providing them with a broad undergraduate experience.

Advisors

Student Last NameAdvisorBldg 44/RmEmailPhone
Seniors & PremedDr. Rosie Sneed200-05rsneed@udc.edu274.6022
N,C,B,L,S,KDr. Brandy Huderson200-10brandy.huderson@udc.edu274.5889
O,E,D,V, SeniorsDr. Freddie Dixon200-06fdixon@udc.edu274.6474
Z,T Y,U, Seniors & PremedDr. Carolyn Cousin200-07ccousin@udc.edu274.5874
A,Q,I,G,W,MDr. Deepak Kumar312dkumar@udc.edu274.7401
J,H,P,R, F, XDr. Mathilde Knight200-08mathilde.knight@udc.edu274.5888

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Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Biology Program

The biology program at UDC offers a bachelor of science degree that requires a minimum of 120 credits to graduate. The program is organized around specific knowledge competencies of biology phenomena; tangible skills in research and technology; operation of state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation; ability to collect, analyze, and present scientific information effectively; and apply this information to solving real-world problems. 

Students are also exposed to a variety of different facets of biology, including:

  • Microbiology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cancer Biology

Program of Study

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Biology Program

The biology program at UDC is one of the most active and engaged on campus. Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities, including:

  • The NSF/HBCU-UP funded STEM Center for Research and Development is a valuable resource for biology students and other students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The center offers courses, research experiences, and enrichment activities designed to strengthen students’ academic skills and engagement, and to increase graduation rates.
  • The UDC-CPDR Undergraduate Research Program is funded by the Department of Defense (DOD). This collaborative Program between UDC and the Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR) at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences provides summer research opportunities in prostate cancer research and year-long mentoring for UDC students. Additionally, the Program includes didactic training and exposes students to cutting-edge prostate cancer research both at the basic and translational level and prepares students to pursue biomedical careers.
  • The NIH/NIGMS funded Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented (UR) biomedical and behavioral scientists by providing students with extensive mentoring, concentrated learning activities, intensive research experiences, and adaptive programs to heighten students’ skills beyond their current academic level.
  • Student Organizations:
    • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
    • Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society
    • Biology Club
    • National Institute of Science

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Biology Program

Carolyn Cousin, Ph.D., professor and program coordinator for the Masters Degree in Cancer Biology, Prevention, and Control is an experienced cell biologist and parasitologist with a longstanding research interest in the area of schistosomiasis. She has received more than $5 million in grants from the NIH and the Agency for International Development to fund this research. Dr. Cousin has served as the principal investigator of a USDA-funded grant to examine the current perception of African Americans on cancer in the District of Columbia. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her teaching and research, both from within the University and from organizations such as the National Institute of Science, the Washington Post, Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.


Bachelor of Science degree in Biology

Click here to download recommended course outline.

The requirement is the completion of 121 credit hours.

Year 1 Semester 1
Course NumberCourse Name 
IGED 110Foundation Writing I 3
MATH 113Pre Calculus with Trigonometry I3
CHEM 111Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 113Chemistry I Lab1
BIOL 101Biological Science I Lecture3
BIOL 103Biological Science I Lab1
 Total 14
Year 1 Semester 2
IGED 111Foundations Writing II3
MATH 114Pre Calculus with Trigonometry II3
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lecture3
CHEM 114General Chemistry II Lab1
BIOL 102Biological Science II Lecture3
BIOL 104Biological Science II Lab1
IGED 140Foundation in Ethics & Values3
 Total 17
Year 2 - Semester 3
IGED 210Discovery Expository Writing in the Arts & Sciences3
MATH 215Calculus for Business, Social and Life Sciences4
BIOL 225Invertebrate Zoology Lecture3
BIOL 224Invertebrate Zoology Lab1
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry I Lab2
 Total 16
   
Year 2 - Semester 4
IGED 250Discovery of Effective Use of Technology3
IBED 130Foundations in Oral Communications3
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry II Lecture3
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry II Lab2
BIOL 235Botany Lecture3
BIOL 234Botany Lab1
 Total 15
Year 3 - Semester 5
IGED 270Discovery Diversity3
PHYS 101Introduction to College Physics I Lecture3
PHYS 103Introduction to College Physics I Lab1
BIOL 241General Microbiology I Lecture3
BIOL 240General Microbiology I Lab1
 University Elective3
 Total 14
Year 3 - Semester 6
IGED 280Discovery Civics3
PHYS 102Introduction to College Physics II Lecture3
PHYS 104Introduction to College Physics II Lab1
BIOL 361General Genetics Lecture3
BIOL 360General Genetics Lab1
BIOL 3##*Biology Elective #1 (300 Level or above)4
 Total 15
   
Year 4 - Semester 7
IGED 391Frontier Exploration and Inquiry Capstone I2
   
CHEM 462Biochemistry I Lecture (not required but strongly recommended)3
CHEM 463Biochemistry I Lab (not required but strongly recommended)2
BIOL 3##*Biology Elective #2 (300 Level or above)4
BIOL 3##*Biology Elective #2 (300 Level or above)4
 Total 15
Year 4 - Semester 8
IGED 391Frontier Exploration and Inquiry Capstone II1
IGED 280Discovery Civics3
BIOL 493 or 494 or 295Senior Seminar or Journal Club (satisfies req. for "writing course in major")2
BIOL 3##*Biology Elective #4 (300 Level or above)4
 University Elective3
 Total 13

NOTE:
At least 120 college-level credit hours must be obtained to receive a B.S. in Biology.
* Each student must take 4 biology electives1 (4 credits, 300 level and above). Cancer Causes and Prevention, Physiology or Ecology (200 level courses) may be used as Biology electives.
University electives are courses of choice along with proper prerequisites, taken in any Department.

Career Pathways and Prospects

With a biology degree from UDC, you are prepared to pursue an employment or advanced graduate study in a wide array of rapidly expanding, high-demand fields:

  • Medicine
  • Academics
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary sciences
  • Biomedical researcher
  • Cancer biologist
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Microbiology
  • Health policy
  • Health care administration
  • Teaching
  • Laboratory research

You may also consider UDC’s Masters Degree Program in Cancer Biology, Prevention, and Control, offered in partnership with Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Contact info:

Rosie Sneed, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator

E: rsneed@udc.edu | T: 202.274.6022 | F: 202.274.5776