The Undergraduate Concentration in Biology

Combined B.S./M.S. Program

Candidates for departmental honors may be admitted to a special four-year B.S./M.S. program upon recommendation of the department. Application must be made by February 1 preceding the senior year; applications should include a proposed course of study, specifying how all degree requirements will be met,  and a brief description of the proposed research project.

To qualify for the B.S./M.S. degree in biology, students must complete a total of 38 semester courses (152 credit hours); these courses must include those needed to satisfy requirements, as detailed in the Bulletin,  A, option II, and D (senior honors program) plus three additional electives from the Biology electives listed under requirement A, option II. Of the nine electives required for the B.S./M.S. degree, at least six must be at the graduate level (and completed with a grade of B- or above) with a minimum of five of the 100 level courses coming from the Biology electives. In addition they must include courses from at least two of the research areas of the biology department. Research areas include genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, structural biology, and neurobiology. In addition, a substantial research contribution is required:   BS/MS candidates must do senior honors research, i. e., take two semesters of BIOL 99 and receive departmental honors in biology.

For more information, and to enroll in the BS/MS Program, contact Professor Rachel Woodruff.


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