Biology, B.S. - BS to MS Accelerated Pathway

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


(*) When up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements, they are recommended below; only two courses within Explorations (T2) may be fulfilled by courses in the same subject.  

Major GPA 3.0 required.

Biology Requirements (26 Credits)
BIO 102 – Biology I (‘C’ or better)
BIO 103 – Biology II ('C' or better) (T2LE)*
BIO 220 – Genetics (‘C’ or better)
BIO 450 – Undergraduate Research Methods in Biology (T2LE)*
Select two courses in BIO at the 200 or 300 -level
Select one course in BIO at the 300 or 400- level

Accelerated Pathway Requirements (11 Credits)
BIO 499 Independent Study and Research (3 credits)
BIO 550 – Research Methods in Biology 
BIO 560 – General Topics Seminar 
Select two courses in BIO at the 500-level ('C' or better) (excluding, BIO 560,561,590 and 591)


CHE 120 – General Chemistry I (T2PR)*
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II (T2LE)*
CHE 260 – Organic Chemistry I
MAT 122 or MAT 150 – Precalculus or Calculus I (T1QR)*
MAT 221 – Intermediate Applied Statistics

Select one from:
1. PHY 200 and PHY 201 – General Physics I (T2PR)* and  General Physics II
2. PHY 230 and PHY 231 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (T2PR)* and Physics for Scientists and Engineers II