Combined BS/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology

Program Contact: Lise Thomas   203-582-8497

The Department of Biological Sciences offers two curricular paths to obtaining a Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. One path is a combined undergraduate/graduate five-year program leading to a BS in Biology and MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (Combined BS/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology). The other path is a two-year program for students who have already earned their bachelor’s degree in a biological, medical or scientific field (Master in Science in Molecular and Cell Biology). Through both curricular paths, the mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to prepare students for employment in research fields available in pharmaceutical companies, universities and hospitals as well as to provide an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue studies in professional health care fields and doctoral programs.   

BS/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology Curriculum

Students who choose to pursue the five-year Bachelor's/Master’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology are required to complete the following courses by the end of their junior year:

CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 211
211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Elective in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Elective in one of the following three Biology Elective categories: Organismal, Physiology or Experiential Learning

Recommended Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 150
150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
CHE 110
110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable I 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 151
151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
CHE 111
111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC University Elective 3
UC University Elective 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 298 Research Methods in Biology 3
BIO 152
152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
UC University Elective 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
BIO Biology elective 4
CHE 211
211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
BIO Biology elective 4
UC University Elective 3
Open Elective 1
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall Semester
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
Open elective 3
Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Biology Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
BIO Biology elective 3
UC University Elective 3
UC University Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
UC University Capstone 3
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics 4
Graduate Elective 3
Open elective 3
Open elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
UC University Elective 3
UC University Elective 3
BIO 515 Advanced Biochemistry 4
BIO 605 DNA Methods Laboratory 4
 Credits14
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
BIO 606 Protein Methods Laboratory 4
BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology 4
BIO Graduate Elective 3
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics 4
 Credits15
Spring Semester
Graduate Elective 3
Graduate Elective 3
BIO 675 Comp Exam in Molecular and Cell Biology 2
 Credits8
 Total Credits149

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.