UMES to expand its science degree offerings

  • Friday, June 17, 2011

    PRINCESS ANNE,  MD - (June 17, 2011) - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is adding three new science degrees to its roster of academic programs.

    The University System of Maryland's governing board gave UMES the OK today to offer a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and master's degrees in chemistry and medical science - physician assistant studies.

    Undergraduate majors in biochemistry and graduate students in chemistry can begin enrolling this fall. When both programs are fully operational in the next three-to-four years, the university projects they will attract approximately 35 bachelor's degree candidates and a half-dozen master's students.

    The university will have a curriculum in place for its new graduate program in physician assistant studies by the fall of 2013. Students who qualify for that program will study and do clinical field work over a 28-month period.

    UMES already offers an undergraduate degree in physician assistant studies and anticipates some students in that program will be candidates to continue on and earn a graduate degree in the increasingly popular allied health field.

    UMES will have 34 undergraduate degree options to choose from and 13 master's programs once the three new science curriculums are in place.

    Adding these new science programs is part of UMES' commitment  to helping more students with the pursuit of  jobs in science, technology, engineering and math - known collectively in education circles as STEM.

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    Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, wrobinson3@umes.edu.