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.

First Year
Fall Semester
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 140Pre-Calculus3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
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 141Calculus of a Single Variable3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
UC Elective3
Summer Semester
UC Elective3
UC Elective3
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 152
152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
BIO 298Research Methods in Biology3
CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
Foreign Language I3
UC Elective3
Spring Semester
BIO Elective4
BIO Elective4
CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
Foreign Language II3
UC Elective3
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
Third Year
Fall Semester
BIO Elective4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
UC Capstone3
UC Elective3
Open Elective3
Spring Semester
BIO Elective3
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Summer
BIO 688Independent Study3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
Graduate Elective3
Spring Semester
BIO 675Comp Exam in Molecular and Cell Biology2
Graduate Elective3
Graduate Elective3

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 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.