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Translational Life Science Technology (TLST)

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    Courses starting Fall 2018

  • Germantown Bioscience Education Center

    Classes located at MC Germantown Bioscience Education Center

UMBC’s Bachelor of Science in Translational Life Science Technology (TLST) is a unique degree designed for students who want to be competitive in the bioscience world of today and tomorrow. This degree combines the theory of a traditional life science degree with real-world applications used by scientists in academic and industry research. Students who complete this degree will have a comprehensive understanding of cell biology, biochemistry, lab instrumentation, statistics, epidemiology and biochemical engineering as they develop the diagnostic, therapeutic and vaccine answers to current and emerging health risks. In addition, students will master critical skills such as analytical thinking, data analysis, the ability to work in a team, and data evaluation. These skills, combined with the knowledge of science gained in the TLST program, will provide students with the tools necessary to succeed in the modern era of life sciences and go from “bench-to-bedside.”

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Suggested Transfer Pathways

The TLST Program is currently articulated with the following community college partners: Montgomery College

Other transfer pathways are under development. Please stay tuned.


UMBC-Shady Grove provides upper-level coursework for transfer students who have completed or are near completion of lower-level course requirements. As such, only upper-level courses are offered at UMBC-Shady Grove specific to each of our undergraduate programs. Most students transferring into UMBC-Shady Grove have completed at least 45-50 credits prior to transferring and many students have earned their Associate Degree. The TLST Program requires you to complete the following courses prior to transfer:

  • Principles of Chemistry I & II and Introductory Chemistry Lab
  • Organic Chemistry I and Lab
  • Foundations of Biology: Cells, Energy & Organisms
  • Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution
  • Microbiology
  • Introductory Physics
  • English Composition
  • Applied Calculus or Calculus I

In addition to the above courses, the following courses must be completed prior to graduation from UMBC. Ideally, a student will complete as many of the courses below as possible prior to transferring to UMBC-Shady Grove. Given that these requirements are typically met with lower-level courses, they must be taken at an institution other than UMBC-Shady Grove:

  • 3 Arts and Humanities courses (from at least two different disciplines)
  • 3 Social Science courses (from at least two different disciplines)
  • 1 Culture course
  • 2 Physical Education courses (consult advisor about exceptions)
  • World Language Intermediate-Level (consult advisor about exceptions)

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree must complete university requirements. Progress toward completion of university requirements is evaluated by means of the Transfer Credit Report (TCR) which is available online to students via myUMBC once admitted to the university. Progress toward major completion is evaluated in the academic departments. University requirements include:

General Requirements:

  • Minimum of 120 academic credits
  • Minimum of 2.0 grade point average
  • Two Physical Education courses
  • 45 Upper Level Credits

General Requirements are an important component of study at UMBC. Please refer to the following worksheets for guidance.

  • For students who entered higher education prior to Summer 2007: GFR Worksheet
  • For students entering higher education Summer 2007 or later: GEP Worksheet

Major Requirements:

Major Requirements Specific to TLST

Additional Advising Resources

Additional advising resources are available here. For more information on degree requirements, please contact the UMBC-Shady Grove Coordinator of Undergraduate Recruitment and Advising at 301-738-6281.


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Career Opportunities

Maryland is home to over 75 biotechnology companies and 375 bioscience companies, many in the Montgomery County region. The TLST program is designed to open many doors in the world of applied biotechnology, including the areas of drug discovery, agriculture, environmental protection, and manufacturing. Students graduating with this degree will have opportunities in research and development, manufacturing and services, quality and regulatory affairs, and management.

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