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

IIT offers a five-year, co-terminal Bachelor of Science in Biology/Master of Biology (B.S./MAS) degree program for students who wish to combine a bachelor's degree in biology with a non-thesis master of biology leading to a career as a professional biologist. This program is designed for students seeking careers in the corporate world, in government, industry, the military, the non-profit sector, or higher education. Students may concentrate in one of four fields: microbiology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, or biotechnology.

The need for more bioscientists is emphasized in the White House publication National Bioeconomy Blueprint, released in April 2012. The report explores how economic activity is driven by technological innovation addressing societal needs in the areas of health, energy, agriculture, the environment, and manufacturing. In especially high demand, according to the National Academies report "Science Professionals: Master's Education for a Competitive World," are biologists with "both scientific knowledge and workplace skills for the practical application of that knowledge—that is, a new kind of scientist with multidisciplinary skills and experiences."

The advantage of the co-terminal program at IIT is that it provides students disciplined in biology with an opportunity to develop these workplace skills necessary for a successful career. Whether working in a lab, becoming a science writer, continuing on into a legal career, joining a marketing firm, or advancing in an international biotech company, good communication skills and a firm grasp of today's business principles are essential. This is what the five-year B.S./MAS program is all about.

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Program Details

Undergraduate biology students should declare their intent to pursue the degree as early as possible to facilitate advising but are formally admitted after their third year of study, at which time they must have a GPA of 3.3 or better to be considered for admission. In their fourth and fifth years, students take a combined undergraduate/graduate curriculum that satisfies both undergraduate and master's degree requirements.

In order to complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years, students will follow IIT's standard B.S. biology curriculum for the first three years and begin taking graduate biology courses in their fourth year of study, when they will be dual-enrolled in the B.S. and MAS programs. Both degrees will be awarded simultaneously upon completion of all of the requirements. Many of the biology courses are offered online adding to the flexibility of the program. A profex (comprehensive exam) is a requirement to earn the master's degree and a summer internship is strongly recommended.

Sample Program of Study

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

First semester  
Credits
BIOL 100 
BIOL 107
BIOL 109
CHEM 124
MATH 151
Introduction to the Profession
General Biology
General Biology Laboratory Principles of Chemistry I
Calculus I
 
2
3
1
4
5
Totals   15
Second semester    
BIOL 115
BIOL 117 
CHEM 125
MATH 152
Humanities 100-level Elective
Human Biology
Human Biology Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
Calculus II
3
1
4
5
3
Totals   16
     
Third semester    
BIOL 214
CHEM 237
PHYS 123
Humanties or Social Sciences Elective
Humanties or Social Sciences Elective
Genetics
Organic Chemistry I 
General Physics I
3
4
4
3
3
Totals   17
     
Fourth semester    
BIOL 210
BIOL 225
CHEM 239
PHYS 221
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Microbiology
Microbiology Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
General Physics II
3
2
3
4
3
Totals   15
     
Fifth semester    
CHEM 247
PHYS 224
IPRO 497
BIOL 430
Biology Elective
Analytical Chemistry
General Physics III
Interprofessional Project II
Animal Physiology
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   15
     
Sixth semester    

CS 105
MATH 425
IPRO 497
Biology Elective
Biology Elective
Free Elective

Intro to Computer Programming I
Statistical Methods
Interprofessional Project I
 
2
3
3
3
3
3
Total   17
     
Seventh semester    
BIOL 401
BIOL 544
BIOL 446
BIOL professional elective
Humanties or Social Sciences Elective
BIOL 495
Introductory Biochemistry
Cell Biology
Cell Biology Laboratory


Biology Colloquium
3
3
3
2
3
1
Totals   15
     
Eighth semester    
BIOL 402
BIOL 404
BIOL 451
BIOL professional elective
BIOL 400 elective
BIOL 495
Metabolic Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory
Literature in Biology


Biology Colloquium
3
3
2
2
3
1
Totals   14
     
Ninth semester    
Humanties or Social Sciences Elective
BIOL 515
BIOL 500 elective
BIOL 500 elective

Molecular Biology
3
3
3
3
Totals   12
     
Tenth semester    
Humanties or Social Sciences Elective
COM 523
BIOL 500 elective
Biology Elective

Communicating Sciences
3
3
3
3
Totals   12