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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