Biology (Accelerated Masters Program)
A master's degree in biology can be earned in a shortened time by careful planning in the junior and senior years of undergraduate work. Biology B.S. majors should discuss this possibility with the department’s Graduate Program director as soon as they think they might be interested in the program. The M.S. can typically be earned in one additional year. Up to six credits of undergraduate course work taken in the junior and senior year can be counted toward the M.S. degree requirement, from among BIOL 202, BIOL 203, BIOL 204, BIOL 205, BIOL 208, BIOL 209, BIOL 212, BIOL 217, BIOL 219, BIOL 223, BIOL 225, BIOL 238, BIOL 246, BIOL 254, BIOL 255, BIOL 262, BIOL 263, BIOL 264, BIOL 265, BIOL 267, BIOL 270, BIOL 271, BIOL 275, BIOL 277, BIOL 280, and BIOL 286.
To be eligible for the AMP, a student must be a declared Biological Science, Zoology, Neuroscience or Environmental Science B.S. major and have identified a faculty sponsor. Other requirements include a GPA typically higher than 3.10 overall and 3.30 in biology courses. Following admission, students are required to take at least three credits of undergraduate research. After graduation with the B.S. degree, students are eligible to become candidates for the M.S. degree.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science
Satisfactory completion of a qualifying examination.