Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1)

Program Contact: Lise Thomas   203-582-8497

For highly qualified students, the Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS in Biology/Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1) provides an opportunity for students to achieve both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science within the field of Molecular and Cell Biology within a 4-year time-frame typically associated with only an undergraduate education. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of each school year for continued participation in the program.

Recommended Curriculum:

The minimum number of credits required for the undergraduate degree is 120, and the minimum number of credits required for the graduate degree is 34. A maximum of 9 graduate credits may be used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements.

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
MA 140 Pre-Calculus 3
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 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
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable 3
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits17
Summer Semester
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits12
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 152
152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
BIO 298 Research Methods in Biology 3
CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
Foreign Language I 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO Elective 4
BIO Elective 4
CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
Foreign Language II 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
 Credits8
Third Year
Fall Semester
BIO Elective 4
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics 4
UC Capstone 3
UC Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO Elective 3
BIO 515 Advanced Biochemistry 4
BIO 605 DNA Methods Laboratory 4
Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits17
Summer Semester
BIO 688 Independent Study 3
 Credits3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology 4
BIO 606 Protein Methods Laboratory 4
Graduate Elective 3
 Credits11
Spring Semester
BIO 675 Comp Exam in Molecular and Cell Biology 2
Graduate Elective 3
Graduate Elective 3
 Credits8
 Total Credits145

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS program is designed for outstanding Biology majors — those who rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class and have a combined SAT score of 1200. Students are invited to join the program prior to matriculation. This program has several features, including flat tuition for the entire four years. 

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 first-year students 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.