B.S.- M.S. in Biology

The combined accelerated program B.S./M.S. in Biology allows students to earn both degrees for a total of 141 credits, instead of 160. Students are required to take 21 graduate credits and 120 undergraduate credits. Students must decide to be in this program by the end of their sophomore year and arrange their program for their junior and senior years in close consultation with their academic advisers.

1st Semester (12 credits)

BIOL1251       General Biology I 
BIOL1253       General Biology I Lab
CHEM1201    General Chemistry I
CHEM1203    General Chemistry Lab I
ENWR1101    Academic Writing
UNIV1001       Transitioning to University Life

2nd Semester (16 credits)

BIOL1252        General Biology II 
BIOL1254        General Biology II Lab
CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
CHEM1204     General Chemistry Lab II
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
Math Sequence
UNIV1002        Preparing for Professional Life

3rd Semester (16 credits)

BIOL2250/BIOL2150      Ecology & Field Biology and Lab  (or)
MBIO1209/MBIO1219     Intro to Marine Biology
CHEM2261     Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2263     Organic Chemistry Lab I
2Humanities Elective
Math Sequence 

4th Semester (15 credits)

BIOL2210/BIOL2211     Genetics and Lab
BIOL2300        Experimental Design
CHEM2262     Organic Chemistry II
CHEM2264     Organic Chemistry Lab II
2Humanities Elective

5th Semester (15 credits)

BIOL2237/BIOL2239     Human Structure & Function and Lab
BIOL3225/BIOL3226     General Microbiology and Lab
UNIV2001       Cross-Cultural Perspectives
PHYS2203      University Physics I
PHYS2201      General Physics Lab I

6th Semester (16 credits)

BIOL____       Biology Elective
CHEM3281    Biochemistry I
PHYS2204     University Physics II
PHYS2202     General Physics Lab II
4Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective

7th Semester (16 credits)

CHEM4855/CHEM4856     Techniques: Theories & Appl
BIOL4900      Biology Seminar I
Biology Elective
7Graduate Biology Elective
UNIV2002      Global Issues
6Free Electives

8th Semester (14 credits)

BIOL4405     5Ethics in Science
BIOL4901     Biology Seminar II
BIOL6240/BIOL6241     Cell Biology & Lab
7Graduate Biology Elective
SPCH____    6Oral Communication Elective 

9th Semester (12 credits)

7Graduate Biology Elective

10th Semester (10 credits)

7Graduate Biology Elective


WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  ENWR1101 and 1102 will satisfy this requirement.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (1MATHEMATICS SEQUENCE):  In the freshman year students are required to take either Precalculus or Calculus. The first-year course must be followed by a second mathematics course in sequence, i.e., Calculus I or Calculus II.

2HUMANITIES:  Take six credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, or RELI, or the following ART courses:  ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238. Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.

3SPEECH/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit Speech course.

4SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  Take six credits of coursework in COMM, CRIM, POLS, PSYC or SOCI.

5ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Students must take BIOL4405 Ethics in Science to satisfy this requirement.

ART AND CULTURE:  This requirement is waived as it will be satisfied by UNIV2002 Global Issues.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  This requirement will be satisfied by CHEM1201 and 1202.


6FREE ELECTIVE:  May be chosen from any course offered at the University after consultation with an advisor, but may include no more than six credits of “1000” level Biology courses. (Students may not take BIOL1201-1202 and BIOL1101-1102). Physical Education is recommended for students to go on to schools of Veterinary Medicine.

7GRADUATE BIOLOGY ELECTIVES:  Students may take any BIOL course at or above the “5000” level.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the BS degree, and a minimum of an additional 21 credits for the MS degree.