Academic Program Proposal

Academic Program Proposal

Date
Proposal
Activated
Institution
and
Proposal
Degree
Awarded
Academic
Program
Name
Objections
Received
Decision
Deadline
MHEC Final
Action
Final
Decision
Date
12/19/2016University of Maryland Baltimore County
Proposal
Off-Campus B.S. Translational Life Science Technology2/17/2017Approved4/19/2017
Translational Life Science Technology Program Description
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Translational Life Science Technology, offered at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), will provide a path to career and post-baccalaureate educational opportunities in bioscience to a diverse community with the important potential of increasing the number of STEM graduates.  As a 2+2 program, the proposed program will attract and encourage community college students, particularly those of Montgomery College, to transfer into the baccalaureate degree program in preparation for studies in the foundational concepts of translational science. This includes instruction in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology and biochemical engineering.  Graduates of the program will master practical aspects of basic cellular biology and biochemistry, understand how arrays of eukaryotic cells are controlled at the molecular level and organized spatially, describe how the intracellular and extracellular environments relate to cell function in normal and disease states, and explain how benefits accrue to society as a result of cellular biotechnology; will have a mastery of the core principles of epidemiology, including the ability to interpret basic datasets, understand the proper place of epidemiological data in the healthcare system and its ethical implications; will have mastered the analytical skills required to dissect and critically evaluate articles in the oncologic literature to explain how key features of cancer biology are exploited as points of therapeutic intervention; will have a mastery of the oral communication skills needed to convey high level scientific data in a clear and concise manner; will have mastered the fundamental principles of biochemical engineering, including the ability to design bioreactors based on transport and kinetics concepts, predict yields through enzyme kinetics calculations, and summarize key features of the biochemical engineering literature.