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Co-Terminal Bachelor of Science in Biology / Master of Science in Biology

This co-terminal degree, administered by the Department of Biology, allows a student to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as few as five years. A thesis is required.

The degree is designed to prepare people to pursue a career in research in industry, government, or a college or university (i.e., as a research technologist), or to give them a head start on graduate school.

Students should declare their intent to pursue the degree as early as possible to facilitate advising. They are formally admitted after their third year of study (must have a grade point average of 3.3 or better). Students must secure a lab position in a research lab in their fourth year and take BIOL 491 and BIOL 591 to complete their thesis.

Program Requirements 

REQUIRED COURSES
Number Title Credits
BIOLOGY
BIOL 100 Introduction to the Profession 2
BIOL 107 General Biology 3
BIOL 109 General Biology Laboratory 3
BIOL 115 Human Biology 3
BIOL 117 Human Biology Laboratory 3
BIOL 210 Microbiology Lectures 3
BIOL 214 Genetics 3
BIOL 225 Microbiology Laboratory 2
BIOL 401 Introductory Biochemistry 3
BIOL 402 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
BIOL 403 Biochemistry 4
BIOL 430 Animal Physiology 3
BIOL 446 Cell Biology Laboratory 3
BIOL 451 Biological Literature 2
BIOL 491 Biology Research Project 3
BIOL 495  Biology Colloquium 2
BIOL 515 Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 533 Laboratory in Cell & Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 544 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 595 Biology Colloquium 1
Total biology hours   55
BIOLOGY THESIS RESEARCH
BIOL 591 M.S. Thesis Research 6
Total biology thesis research hours   6
BIOLOGY ELECTIVES
  300 level or above 9
  400 level or above 3
  500 level or above 9
Total biology electives hours   21
CHEMISTRY
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 247 Analytical Chemistry 3
Total chemistry hours   18
PHYSICS
PHYS 123 General Physics I: Mechanics 4
PHYS 221 General Physics II: Electromagnetism & Optics 4
PHYS 224 General Physics III Lecture: Thermal & Modern Physics 3
Total physics hours   11
MATHEMATICS
MATH 151 Calculus I 5
MATH 152 Calculus II 5
MATH 425 Statistical Methods 3
Total mathematics hours   13
COMPUTER SCIENCE
CS 105 Introduction to Computer Programming 2
Total computer science hours   2
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
  Interprofessional Projects 6
  Humanities & Social Sciences  21
  Free Elective 3
Total additional requirements hours   30
TOTAL HOURS   156

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