Biology B.A./M.S., Dual Degree

The Five-Year Biology B.A./M.S. offers qualified students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science in Biology degree, which may be completed in as little as five years. The curriculum is composed of two tracks that allow students to choose between Track One: Tutorial Option and Track Two:Thesis Option.

5-Year Combined B.A./M.S. Biology

TRACK 1: TUTORIAL OPTION

(Year 1-4). 120 credit B.A. in Biological Sciences. Winter and Summer Sessions must be used. In years 1-2, students must take the math, chemistry, and physics prerequisites.

(Year 4). Three 4-credit M.S. courses taken for dual credit in both degrees (12 credits total). Student graduates in June.

(Year 5). Enrolled in M.S. program in tutorial track (34 credits, 12 of which are satisfied in Year four. This includes 4 credits of BIO 792.2). Students may graduate by September 1.

34 M.S. credits in Track 1 to be distributed as follows:

Three M.S. courses in Year 4 (12 credits)

For example:

Credits
BIO 634Cell Biology and Electron Microscopy

4

BIO 618Problems in Ecology

4

BIO 644Biological Chemistry

4

Six M.S. courses in Year 5 (16 credits)

For example:

Credits
BIO 646Statistics for Biological Research

4

BIO 642Molecular Biology

4

BIO 710Microbial Physiology

4

BIO 630Seminar in Biology

1

BIO 660

Two tutorial courses in Year 5 (6 credits)

Credits
BIO 792.1Tutorial

2

BIO 792.2Tutorial

4

TRACK 2: THESIS OPTION

(Year 1 - 4). 120-credit B.A. in Biological Sciences. Winter and Summer Sessions must be used. BIO 489 must be taken twice and BIO 490 should be taken in the senior year. In Years 1-2, students must take the math, chemistry, and physics prerequisites.

(Year 3). Research advisor chosen in Spring term.

(Year 4). Three M.S. courses taken for credit in both degrees (12 credits total). Must take BIO 489 in the Fall and BIO 489 and BIO 490 in the Spring. Graduation in June with Honors, having completed a research project under faculty sponsor.

(Year 5). Enrolled in M.S. program in thesis track (30 course credits, 12 of which are satisfied in Year 4). BIO 799.1 (1 credit) and 799.2 (2 credits) with possibility of BIO 799.3 (3 credits). Defense of thesis and graduation by September 1.

30-32 M.S. Credits in Track 2 to be distributed as follows:

Students must take three M.S. courses in Year four (12 credits)

For example:

Credits
BIO 634Cell Biology and Electron Microscopy

4

BIO 618Problems in Ecology

4

BIO 644Biological Chemistry

4

Students must take three to four M.S. courses in Year 5 (12-14 credits)

For example:

Credits
BIO 646Statistics for Biological Research

4

BIO 642Molecular Biology

4

BIO 710Microbial Physiology

4

BIO 660

Students must take three thesis research courses (6 credits)

Credits
BIO 799.1Thesis Research

1

BIO 799.2Thesis Research

2

BIO 799.3Thesis Research

3

Note 1: This program will allow students to finish 1-2 years earlier than they would if they did a separate B.A. followed by a M.S. Additionally, this program provides students with extensive research experience, which will make them more competitive for jobs and graduate doctoral programs and medical programs.

Note 2: To be eligible for the fifth year program, all students must demonstrate an interest in, demonstrated achievement in, or affinity for biology. This will be determined by having a minimum of 48 semester hours of mathematics and sciences study, including MAT 175 with a GPA of 3.0. Candidates must apply to the program no later than the first semester of their junior year and may apply as early as the second semester of their sophomore year.

The accelerated pace of this program is made possible by offering qualified students the opportunity to take masters level courses during their final year of undergraduate work. Students qualify by demonstrated attainment of a GPA of 3.0 in mathematics and science coursework as well as a GPA of 3.25 in the major through the first three years of study, and by completing all of the necessary prerequisites for those courses, which will ensure that they are prepared for graduate-level work.