B.S. MICROBIOLOGY / M.S. MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES DUAL DEGREE SAMPLE SCHEDULE

B.S. MICROBIOLOGY / M.S. MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES DUAL DEGREE SAMPLE SCHEDULE

This dual degree program allows students to obtain a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.S. in Molecular Biosciences in five years (as opposed to six). The addition of the master’s degree in Molecular Biosciences will provide students with a stronger foundation in research, giving them a competitive advantage whether they choose to pursue employment opportunities immediately following graduation or decide to continue their education in a Ph.D. or professional program.

B.S. Microbiology students will be required to apply to the program in their Junior Year. GRE requirements will be waived for internal students with a GPA > 3.0. In addition to curricular requirements for both the B.S. and M.S. degree programs, students enrolled in the joint degree program will have the following requirements:

  1. Nine credits selected from Advanced Molecular Biology, Advanced Cell Biology, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Viral Pathogenesis, and Innate Immunology can count jointly towards the B.S. and the M.S. degrees.
  2. Students will be encouraged to choose B.S. Microbiology capstone topic in consultation with M.S. Molecular Biosciences faculty so that the capstone research can be expanded to a Capstone Project or Master’s thesis.
  3. In order to complete the dual degrees in five years, students will be strongly encouraged to utilize two summers (between 3rd and 4th year and between 4th and 5th year) to complete their Capstone/Thesis project. 
  4. For M.S. Molecular Biosciences Thesis Track students, Research Rotation (Graduate) and Capstone Experience (Undergraduate) in the Fourth year of Undergraduate/First Year of Graduate study will run concurrently under one Faculty mentor.
B.S. MICROBIOLOGY (BIOMEDICAL TRACK)/ M.S. MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES (THESIS TRACK) SAMPLE SCHEDULE

 

YEAR 1

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

BIO 111

General Biology I

4

BIO 121

General Biology II

4

CHE 111

General Chemistry I

4

CHE 121

General Chemistry II

4

HUM 101

The Pre-Modern World

3

HUM 102

The Modern World

3

COM 115

Principles of Communication

3

MAT 121

Calculus I

4

 

 

 

 

Elective 1

3

 

Total

14

 

Total

18

 

YEAR 2

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

CHE 211

Organic Chemistry I

4

CHE 212

Organic Chemistry II

4

PHY 212

College Physics I

4

PHY 222

College Physics II

4

HUM 201

The Contemporary World

3

MAT 145

Elementary Statistics

3

BIO 210

Microbiology

4

BIO 235

Cell Biology

3

 

Elective 2

3

 

Elective 3

3

 

Total

18

 

Total

17

 

YEAR 3

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

CHE 311

Biochemistry

3

BIO 240

Virology

3

PSC 315

Immunology

3

BIO 365

Med. Mycology and Parasitology

3

BIO 370

Microbial Physiology

3

BIO 340

Microbial Genetics

3

BIO 350

Biomedical Lab Techniques I

3

BIO 355

Biomedical Lab Techniques II

3

 

Elective 4

3

 

Elective 5

3

 

Total

15

 

Total

15

 

YEAR 4

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

BIO 480

Micro. Capstone Experience I

3

BIO 485

Micro. Capstone Experience II

3

BIO 253

Scientific Communication

2

BIO 680G

Bacterial Pathogenesis (Graduate Elective 1)

3

BIO 345

Journal Club

1

BIO 345

Journal Club

1

 

Elective 6

3

 

Elective 7

3

BIO625G

Adv. Mol. Biology (Track Elective I)

3

BIO 630G

Adv. Cell Biology (Track Elective II)

3

MAT610G

Statistical Inference and Modeling

3

BIO650G

Research Design

3

BIO670G

Research Rotation

2

 

 

Graduate Elective 2

3

 

Total

17

 

 

Total

19

YEAR 5

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

ETH610G

Ethics in Research

1

BIO702G

Thesis Research

3

BIO701G

Thesis Research

3

 

Graduate Elective 4

3

BIO660G

Journal Club

1

 

 

 

 

Graduate Elective 3

3

 

 

 

 

Total

8

 

 

Total

6

 

*All students will register for BIO 380 Microbiology Seminar (0 credits) every semester.

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B.S. MICROBIOLOGY (BIOMEDICAL TRACK)/ M.S. MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES (CAPSTONE TRACK) SAMPLE SCHEDULE

 

YEAR 1

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

BIO 111

General Biology I

4

BIO 121

General Biology II

4

CHE 111

General Chemistry I

4

CHE 121

General Chemistry II

4

HUM 101

The Pre-Modern World

3

HUM 102

The Modern World

3

COM 115

Principles of Communication

3

MAT 121

Calculus I

4

 

 

 

 

Elective 1

3

 

Total

14

 

Total

18

YEAR 2

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

CHE 211

Organic Chemistry I

4

CHE 212

Organic Chemistry II

4

PHY 212

College Physics I

4

PHY 222

College Physics II

4

HUM 201

The Contemporary World

3

MAT 145

Elementary Statistics

3

BIO 210

Microbiology

4

BIO 235

Cell Biology

3

 

Elective 2

3

 

Elective 3

3

 

Total

18

 

Total

17

YEAR 3

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

CHE 311

Biochemistry

3

BIO 240

Virology

3

PSC 315

Immunology

3

BIO 365

Med. Mycology and Parasitology

3

BIO 370

Microbial Physiology

3

BIO 340

Microbial Genetics

3

BIO 350

Biomedical Lab Techniques I

3

BIO 355

Biomedical Lab Techniques II

3

 

Elective 4

3

 

Elective 5

3

 

Total

15

 

Total

15

YEAR 4

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

BIO 480

Micro. Capstone Experience I

3

BIO 485

Micro. Capstone Experience II

3

BIO 253

Scientific Communication

2

BIO 680G

Bacterial Pathogenesis (Graduate Elective 2)

3

BIO 345

Journal Club

1

BIO 345

Journal Club

1

 

Elective 6

3

 

Elective 7

3

BIO625G

Adv. Mol. Biology (Track Elective I)

3

BIO630G

Adv. Cell Biology (Track Elective II)

3

MAT610G

Statistical Inference and Modeling

3

BIO650G

Research Design

3

 

Graduate Elective 1

3

 

 

Graduate Elective 3

3

 

Total

18

 

 

Total

19

YEAR 5

Fall semester

Credits

 

Spring Semester

Credits

ETH610G

Ethics in Research

1

 

INDUSTRY CO-OP

0

 

Graduate Elective 4

3

BIO665G

Molecular Biosciences Capstone Course

4

 

Graduate Elective 5

3

BIO660G

Journal Club

1

BIO660G

Journal Club

1

 

 

 

 

Total

8

 

 

Total

5

 

*All students will register for BIO 380 Microbiology Seminar (0 credits) every semester.

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