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Department: Biology


About the Department

The biology department at Notre Dame of Maryland University considers the classroom to be a springboard for hands-on opportunities to practice biology.


Courses provide a broad view of the biological sciences that is consistent with the liberal arts tradition of the University. The flexible curriculum incorporates emerging areas of cellular and molecular biology and integrates these with traditional organismal principles. Small classes provide an environment conducive to scholarly discourse and independent learning. Courses throughout the curriculum—from the introductory level through those in the upper divisions— prepare students to pursue a profession in research and medicine or to apply their biology interests to careers as diverse as governmental policy planning, science education, public health, museum exhibit design,or even science illustration and editing.

Biology majors can further investigate a topic through on- and off-campus research facilities.  Students may continue projects initiated in their courses or explore new research interests under the mentorship of Notre Dame faculty or those at various partner institutions. The Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area provides many venues for career-related internships in the biological sciences or in medical and allied health fields. Biology majors also have the opportunity to apply for the competitive Sister Alma Science Year Fellowship, which provides them with research laboratory placement at one of the prestigious Johns Hopkins University's labs, a year-long research stipend, and free on-campus housing during the summer. 

The biology department prepares students for a number of career options including medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, and graduate schools, and for secondary education teaching certification. Our graduates successfully gain employment in research laboratories, medical and government facilities, environmental fields, pharmaceutical companies, and other industries. The biology department welcomes community college students.

Note: The Biology Department does not participate in or otherwise facilitate experimentation with live laboratory vertebrates.

Baltimore Health Disparities: From the Neighborhood to the Bench and Back Again

Michele Evans and NDMU faculty and studentsOn October 20, 2015, Michele K. Evans, M.D., a senior investigator with the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science at the National Institute on Aging, gave a seminar on the disparities in health and lifespan across Baltimore. Her research focuses on the variety of factors, from age to wealth to biology, that that contribute to statistics like the fact that the average lifespan of a Baltimore resident can vary by up to 20 years based on their neighborhood. Afterwards, she met with faculty and students.

In the Winter 2015 Universitas magazine

There is significant work being done by the scientists at Notre Dame of Maryland University. And because student collaboration with professors is a hallmark of a Notre Dame education, these scientists conduct their research with students by their side. Read about it in:







        Sister Alma Science Year Scholars                                       Dr. Ken Sossa and his student research assistants