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Undergraduate Center for Academic Success and Achievement: Four Year Plans and Benchmarks

All of our undergraduate programs are designed to be completed within four years. Many students are interested in public health in a broad sense so we encourage you to review all of our four-year plans and checklists to see which major would be the best fit for you. We have walk-in advising hours as well as appointments that can be scheduled for prospective students if you would like to discuss any of these majors further. 

Below you will find sample templates of how to structure your progress through any of our majors. 

**Note**  For each four-year plan that you review, you will see that I-Series courses and Diversity courses are not listed separately.  As indicated on these templates, students should plan to take Distributive Studies courses that will double count for I-Series and/or Diversity courses if they are not already included as major requirements.  For example, if a student chooses for to fill a Humanities course (HU) for the major, he/she should find a course that also satisfies an I-Series (IS) or Understanding Plural Societies (UP).  

Four-Year Plans and Major Checklists below are for students whose first semester in the major is Fall 2018 or after.  If your first semester in the major was prior to Fall 2018, refer to the documents you received at your change of major workshop and academic plan workshop or speak with your academic advisor if you are unsure of your requirements.


  • Benchmark 1 must be completed with grades of “C-” or higher by the end of two semesters into the major.
  • Benchmark 2 must be completed with grades of “C-” or higher by the end of three semesters into the major.
  • Benchmark 3 must be completed with grades of “C-” or higher by the end of four semesters into the major.

FMSC:
Benchmark 1: PSYC100, SOCY100 or SOCY105 & COMM107, INAG110, COMM125, or COMM100                                                                 
Benchmark 2: One FMSC elective & STAT100 or EDMS451
Benchmark 3: FMSC330 & FMSC290, ECON200 or ECON201

HLTH: Before Spring 2018
Benchmark 1: BSCI170/171, HLTH130 & HLTH140
Benchmark 2: BSCI201, HLTH200 & HLTH230
Benchmark 3: HLTH300 & BSCI202

HLTH: Spring 2018 & Later
Benchmark 1: BSCI170/171, SPHL100 & HLTH124
Benchmark 2: HLTH140 & HLTH200
Benchmark 3: EPIB301 & BSCI201

KNES:
Benchmark 1: BSCI170/171 & one KNES Core
Benchmark 2: BSCI201 & a total of two KNES Core
Benchmark 3: BSCI202 & a total of three KNES Core

PHSC- College Park: Before Spring 2018
Benchmark 1: BSCI 170/171 & CHEM 131/132
Benchmark 2: CHEM 231/232
Benchmark 3: BSCI223

PHSC- College Park: Spring 2018 & Later
Benchmark 1: BSCI 170/171 & CHEM 131/132
Benchmark 2: CHEM 231/232
Benchmark 3: MATH120

PHSC-Shady Grove
Benchmark: All Science Foundation coursework, including the UMD equivalents of
BSCI222 and CHEM231/232 must be completed with grades of C- or
higher and posted to the student’s UMD transcript by the end of two
semesters in the major.

*University Requirements: AW and MA must be attempted by 30 credits earned and
completed by 60 credits earned.
**Major Requirements: 12 credits of major courses must be taken during the last 30 credits
and 15 of the last 30 credits must be upper level courses.
***All major requirements must be passed with grades of “C-“or higher.

Major benchmarks are your responsibility to understand, remember, and schedule.  Missing a benchmark may result in dismissal from your major so it is important to take them seriously.  Please note, some benchmarks have changed depending on the semester you declared your major. 

The School of Public Health has a committee that reviews benchmarks every semester.  If you are not enrolled in or missing a benchmark course, you will be contacted by the CASA office.  If you wish to remain in your current SPH major, you will have the opportunity to appeal this missing benchmark through the appeal process. The appeal form will allow you to explain what benchmark course(s) you are missing and provide justification as to why you should be able to continue in the major.  Note that not knowing, forgetting or choosing to prioritize other courses are not valid reasons for missing your benchmarks.  The committee is looking for extenuating circumstances as to why you did not meet the benchmark.  If you are concerned about meeting your benchmarks, you should meet with an academic advisor as soon as possible.  

Benchmark timelines are as follows:

  • Benchmark 1 must be completed with grades of “C-” or higher by the end of two semesters into the major.
  • Benchmark 2 must be completed with grades of “C-” or higher by the end of three semesters into the major.
  • Benchmark 3 must be completed with grades of “C-” or higher by the end of four semesters into the major.

For benchmark related questions or concerns email sphbenchmarks@umd.edu.