BioPark

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the BCCC Life Sciences Institute?
A: Housed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore BioPark, the biomedical research complex on its downtown graduate school campus at 801 West Baltimore Street (building two), the Baltimore City Community College Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is uniquely positioned to meet science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce development needs of Maryland’s growing bioscience industry, prepare students for high-demand careers in the bio/medical field, and to help Maryland become a national leader, and globally competitive, through STEM-based economic growth and job creation.

Students can pursue an associate degree in science (through the Arts and Sciences Transfer program) or biotechnology. Additional opportunities include fast-track training for entry-level employment at the facility. The Life Sciences Institute is a key component in fulfilling Baltimore City Community College’s role as Maryland’s foremost provider of Workforce Pipeline Solutions.

Q: When did it open?
A: In fall 2009.

Q. What degree and certificate programs are offered?
A. If you are qualified to enroll in college-level courses, the following programs will be offered: Biotechnology associate degree, Biotechnology certificate, Chemistry Lab Certificate, Lab Animal Care and Handling Certificate.

Q. What career advancement courses will be offered?
A. Students may enroll in BCCC non-credit courses including: Venipuncture and specimen collection techniques, Medical Terminology, Medical Billing and Coding, EKG technician, ICD-9 coding, CPT coding, Medicine aide theory, Certified Nursing Assistant theory, and anatomy and physiology.

Q: Will both day and evening classes be offered?
A: Yes.

Q: Will there be student services offered like admissions, financial aid, registration, etc.?
A: Yes. A generalist will be available two days a week to provide basic information and services in a variety of student service areas. Students will be able to apply for admissions, register, apply for financial aid and take care of practically all business. However, bill payment will be available only at the Liberty Campus, unless students choose to pay on-line with a credit card.

Q: Do I get an identification badge from BCCC or UM or both?
A: Students must acquire a student ID badge from both BCCC and UM. To get a BCCC ID, you must be registered for classes and then visit the Office of Public Safety at the Liberty Campus to receive your card. At UM, students must visit the One Card Office to acquire a UM One Card. Again, after you have registered for classes and are registered in the UM SIS database, you must take a picture ID to the One Card Office to receive your UM One Card.

Q: Are there computer labs available for student use at the BCCC Life Sciences Institute?
A: Yes.

Q: Will there be shuttle service between the BCCC campuses and the BioPark?
A: No. Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) provides several bus routes convenient for travel to and from the BCCC campuses and the BioPark, which include the following Metro Subway Stations: Mondawmin (near the Liberty Campus) to Lexington Market (near the BioPark) to Shot Tower (near the Harbor Campus), and bus lines 7, 91, and 27 on the west side; 1, 10, 61, and 64 downtown; and, 5, 8, 19, and 36 on the east side. Effective August 2009, the City provides a FREE shuttle called the Charm City Circulator to get around downtown Baltimore. The Circulator will include 21 clean-energy buses and three convenient routes, arriving every ten minutes with service seven days a week. The first route, started in mid-August, runs along Pratt  and Lombard streets from the University of Maryland BioPark at Baltimore Street on the west side to Central Avenue at Inner Inner Harbor East. Two additional routes to be launched after Labor Day include a Charles Street, and a Hopkins – City Hall route.

Q: Is there a place to eat within the BioPark?
A: Yes, there is a café on the ground floor of the building where the BCCC Life Sciences Institute is located. There are also other eateries in the neighborhood.

Q: Can I buy my textbooks at BioPark?
A: No. Textbook services will remain with the bookstore at the BCCC Liberty campus.

Q. What UM BioPark benefits will I enjoy as a BCCC Life Sciences Institute student?
A. Students enrolled in the BCCC Life Sciences Institute degree programs are entitled to: A UM OneCard, Access to the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL) and use of its professional support services, classes, collection and other library services, Access to UM buildings by showing your One Card to security personnel during regular, business hours, No-additional-fee student membership in the University Recreation and Fitness Centers, All UM provided transportation and public safety services intended for UM students including the Caravan and emergency notifications, Student support and campus life services and programming including the Wellness Hub; social programming provided centrally by UM USGA; and academic resources, Eligibility for student parking at $5.00 per day