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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. Biology majors investigate a topic. Courses throughout the curriculum—from the introductory level through those in the upper divisions—provide students with.

Biology majors investigate a topic. Through on-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 participating 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. Through cooperative programs, Notre Dame students participate in biomedical research.

The biology department prepares students for medical, dental, veterinary, 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. Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology are among the courses that routinely transfer for credit.

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