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Programs Offered

Biology Major, B.A.

Majors in biology obtain a broad and modern education in the biological sciences. The course of study includes the biology core courses that cover the fundamentals of cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics and physiology. Elective courses provide for study at greater depth and reflect the breadth of biology. The major allows students to specialize or take a broad range of elective courses as they and their advisers deem appropriate. Elective courses are designed to help prepare students for graduate and professional school and biology-related employment. The capstone experience allows biology majors to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills gained in earlier coursework and serves as a transition to post-baccalaureate training and employment.

Environmental Science and Policy Major, B.A.

Students in this program complete a common core of courses in environmental studies, the natural sciences, the social sciences and mathematics. These courses also fulfill the Hood College Core Curriculum requirements for a foundations course in mathematics/computation; for the scientific thought courses in the Methods of Inquiry section; and for a course in social and behavioral analysis in the Methods of Inquiry section.

Coastal Studies Semester

Hood’s Coastal Studies Semester takes place during the fall semester (August to December). The curriculum combines the study of culture and society with science and technology for a truly multidisciplinary approach to learning about environmental science and coastal issues. Interactions

Biology Minor

The biology minor provides students a foundation in biology. The biology minor is organized to familiarize students with the broad areas of biological investigation, cellular and molecular biology, physiology, organismal biology and ecology.

Coastal Studies Minor

The coastal studies minor provides students with an interdisciplinary view of environmental issues that confront coastal habitats and communities. The minor is largely travel-based and designed to provide students with both textbook and first-hand knowledge of environmental challenges currently facing coastal regions.

Environmental Studies Minor

The minor in environmental studies provides students with the intellectual tools necessary to analyze a broad array of complex environmental problems. It is an interdisciplinary minor offered jointly by the departments of biology and political science.

Biomedical Science, M.S.

Program Director: Oney Smith, Ph.D. osmith@hood.edu 301-696-3653

The Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science is a 33-credit program of graduate research and academic study developed for:

  • Persons holding a bachelor’s degree and currently employed in a biomedical or biotechnological research establishment who are seeking additional academic background as part of a career and professional growth program;
  • Teachers and other professionals with interests in biomedical science who wish to obtain a graduate degree; and
  • Professionals already holding advanced degrees who desire to update or extend their previous academic experiences in biomedical or biotechnological sciences.

Environmental Biology, M.S.

Program Director: April Boulton, Ph.D. boulton@hood.edu;  301-696-3649

The Master of Science in Environmental Biology program is specifically designed to meet the needs of environmental professionals and educators who wish to pursue a graduate degree part time while working full time during the day. Hood’s program is the only part-time graduate program in the region that emphasizes a field and laboratory approach to learning and promotes hands-on research opportunities for students.