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Academic Advising

Letters and Sciences academic advisors guide students toward making a smooth transition into majors. During their freshman year, all students must generate a Four Semester Plan or Two Semester Plan outlining the courses and requirements needed to complete during their first two years at the University. To create their Four Semester Plan, students utilize sample Four Year Plans, LEP sheets, and other campus resources to determine requirements needed for various majors.

Many STEM majors (Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Policy-Biodiversity and Conservation, and Engineering) are LEP programs. All students pursuing admission into one of these programs are required to:

  • Identify a parallel major outside of STEM Limited Enrollment Programs
  • Begin taking requirements for that parallel major

Through the STEM exploratory seminars and discussions with their academic advisor, students have the opportunity to learn more about possible parallel majors and career paths. Academic advisors work with students to show them how other major’s requirements easily fit into their Four Semester Plan along with the LEP gateway and General Education (Gen Ed/CORE) requirements for their first major of choice.

Advising Resources:

Limited Enrollment Programs –»

Information and requirements for STEM LEP majors: www.lep.umd.edu

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science - Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Engineering
  • Psychology

STEM Majors at Maryland –»
STEM Majors Guide" –»

The STEM Majors Guide is designed to provide students with basic information about various major options within designated areas of STEM: Click here.

Letters & Sciences "Major Guides" –»

LTSC Major Guides are designed to provide students with basic and important information about top majors chosen by LTSC students, STEM and non-STEM: Click here.

Tutoring for STEM –»
Career Resources –»

LTSC Career Readiness resources are designed to provide students with important information and tools for Career Exploration and Development: Click here.

Research Opportunities –»
Student Organizations –»
Teaching in STEM –»

Interested in diversifying your career options in STEM? Graduate with your science or math degree and receive eligibility for certification as a middle or high school teacher by participating in the Terrapin Teachers program.

The program recruits prospective math and science majors who are currently enrolled as well as new freshmen and new transfer students who all have an interest in teaching math or science at the middle or high school level. For more information Click here.

Going Global with STEM –»

Students can explore education abroad opportunities based on academic interest and areas of study. Check out the opportunities available for students with an interest in STEM: Click here

Interested in Pre-Health Professions –»

The Health Professions Advising Office listserv will share important information such as event announcements, internship & volunteer opportunities, healthcare news, health school testing information, academic advising, and student organization updates.

To subscribe to the Health Professions Advising listserv email, listserv@listserv.umd.edu.

Leave the subject line blank and include the following in the email body; Subscribe premedadvising + your name.


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