The Department of Natural Sciences’ goal is to graduate students who are well versed in their area of interest. It is comprised of five undergraduate academic areas: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Physics with four-year Bachelor’s of Science undergraduate degrees granted in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences. Teacher Education degrees are also granted in cooperation with the Education Department. Undergraduate research opportunities are available at a variety of internship sites. Both Master’s of Science (M.S.) degrees and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are granted at the graduate level in USM’s Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences (MEES) programs and in the UMES Toxicology Program.  DNS now offers a M.S. degree in Chemistry and has a certified M.S. degree in Fisheries Economics and Resource Management.  
DNS also has a number of Educational  Programs and Facilities, including (CREST), Living Marine Resource Cooperative and Science Center (LMRCSC) and the Paul E. Sarbanes Living Marine Reserach Center. 

DNS has a diverse group of qualified faculty with an extensive research background.  Our Doctoral Research Areas are very active. 


This month we will highlight Dr. Andres Morales, our Postdoctoral Research Associate in the CREST-CISCEP Program.

Spring Commencement Rehearsal

 All candidates who are participating in the Commencement Exercises must attend the mandatory rehearsal held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the William P. Hytche Center. Your attendance at the commencement rehearsal is mandatory. If you are not present, you will not be able to participate in commencement.

 Spring Commencement
The 2014 Spring Commencement is scheduled Friday, May 16th in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Arena. Candidates should report to corridor 1510 for instructions. The commencement will begin promptly at 10:00 am; doors will close at 9:45 am, so arrive early. For additional information visit the UMES website.

 Caps and Gowns
All graduating students undergraduate, master and doctoral candidates must wear the official academic regalia. Please check with your school for specific information.

 Grad Fair

Both graduate and undergraduate candidates should attend the Grad Fair March 25th and 26th, between11:00 am and 3:00 pm, in the Bookstore, located in the SSC. The Grad Fair is the place to purchase commencement regalia.


DNS PreMedical Society attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Conference on Health Disparities, December 6th and 7th where they enjoyed a day of medical training and preparation. Click here for Pics.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy. Since that time, it has grown into what is now a sprawling 1,100 acre campus tucked into Maryland’s beautiful lower Eastern Shore. Our tradition is that of a land-grant, historically black college that welcomes a diverse student body from nearly 30 countries. UMES currently offers undergraduate degrees in 26 disciplines and graduate degrees in nearly a dozen more. The university provides our students an opportunity to develop into well-rounded individuals prepared to assume leadership in today’s society.

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