Limited Enrollment Programs
Biodiversity & Conservation

Applying to the Major


Transfer Students


Students applying to the University of Maryland from other institutions apply to LEPs through the general application for admission to the University by indicating their major of interest. Students are first reviewed for admission to the University, and then, if admitted, are reviewed for admission to Limited Enrollment Program majors based on LEP standards.

Applicants who have completed all required Gateway courses at the me of their application are notified of their admission decision in late April for fall admission and late October for spring admission. Students who are in the process of completing the required Gateways at the time of their application are notified of their admission decision to the university at the previously mentioned times, but will be notified about the major decision after the semester has ended and final grades for the semester have been calculated. Students should be sure to send their final transcript from their previous institution if they are taking classes at the time of application.


  • Completion of MATH120, 130, 135, 140 or 220 [Calculus I] with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of BSCI170 AND 171 [Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology and lab] OR BSCI 160 AND 161 [Principles of Ecology and Evolution and lab] with minimum grades of C-
  • Completion of CHEM131 AND CHEM132 [General Chemistry I and lab] with minimum grades of C-
  • Completion of ENSP 101 [Introduction to Environmental Science] with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of ENSP102 [Introduction to Environmental Policy] with a minimum grade of C-

A minimum grade point average of 2.7 in all courses taken at the University of Maryland and all other institutions is required for internal and external transfer students.


Transfer Students may use the Transfer Credit Services Database of Course Evaluations to determine how past, current or future courses may transfer to the University of Maryland.


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Current Students


Students currently attending the University of Maryland who wish to switch to an LEP or add an LEP as a second major can submit an LEP application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The LEP application is made available following the add/drop deadline of each semester. Internal transfer students should complete the application either during the semester in which they complete the required gateway courses or at the end of the semester. This timeline is dependent upon the applica on deadline for the student’s preferred major. When previewing the application prior to submission, you will see all portions of the online application form, including those not relevant to the program for which you are applying. This is to be expected and will not impact your application provided you completed the sections relevant to your desired LEP major.

Please note: Students applying for the fall semester are able to complete a gateway course during the summer, either at UMD or another institution. In order to be considered, courses must be taken during UMD’s Summer 1 Session. If the course is taken at another institution, it must be completed by the end of UMD’s Summer 1 Session. Students applying to change their major for the spring semester are not able to complete gateway courses during the winter term.


  • Completion of MATH120, 130, 135, 140 or 220 [Calculus I] with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of BSCI170 AND 171 [Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology and lab] OR BSCI 160 AND 161 [Principles of Ecology and Evolution and lab] with minimum grades of C-
  • Completion of CHEM131 AND CHEM132 [General Chemistry I and lab] with minimum grades of C-
  • Completion of ENSP101 [Introduction to Environmental Science] with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of ENSP102 [Introduction to Environmental Policy] with a minimum grade of C-

A minimum grade point average of 2.7 in all courses taken at the University of Maryland and all other institutions is required for internal and external transfer students.


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Freshman Students


All students accepted directly as freshman into Biological Sciences and Biochemistry and Chemistry must complete a series of gateway courses and a review at 45 credits


  • Completion of MATH120, 130, 135, 140 or 220 [Calculus I] with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of BSCI170 AND 171 [Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology and lab] OR BSCI 160 AND 161 [Principles of Ecology and Evolution and lab] with minimum grades of C-
  • Completion of CHEM131 AND CHEM132 [General Chemistry I and lab] with minimum grades of C-
  • Completion of ENSP101 [Introduction to Environmental Science] with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of ENSP102 [Introduction to Environmental Policy] with a minimum grade of C-

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses is required at the 45-credit review.

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