Combined BS/MS Program in Biotechnology

The Five Year Combined 4+1 BS/MS Program in Biotechnology is open to eligible students and includes three courses (10 credits) that count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students should apply in the fall semester of the junior year. The first three years are the same as the Biotechnology B.S. Program. Students begin a research project in the Spring semester of the fourth (senior) year. Students should apply for the 4+1 Program in the third (junior) year. Application requirements include a minimum of 3.0 GPA, two letters of recommendation and the GRE.  

Recommended Timeline for Completion of BS/MS Program

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
EN-101 English Composition I 3
CH-120 General Chemistry I 4
MA-180
Introduction to Functions (LASC QR)
or Pre-calculus
3-4
LASC LASC Elective (CON)3
LASC First-Year Seminar3
 Credits16-17
Semester Two
EN-102 English Composition II 3
CH-121 General Chemistry II 4
MA-190
Pre-calculus
or Calculus I
4
BI-141 Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
CH-201 Organic Chemistry I (lecture) 3
CH-203 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
BI-204 Microbiology 4
MA-200 Calculus I(or LASC Elective) 4
EN-252
Technical Writing
or Business Communications
or Microcomputer Applications
3
 Credits16
Semester Four
MA-150 Statistics I 3
MA-201 Calculus II 4
LASC LASC Elective3
LASC LASC Elective3
Select one of the following: 3-5
Organic Chemistry II (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
 
LASC
LASC Elective 
 Credits16-18
Year Three
Semester Five
CH-210 Chemical Analysis: an Introduction to Modern Methods 5
PY-221 General Physics I 4
LASC LASC Elective3
LASC LASC Elective3
 Credits15
Semester Six
CH-410 Biochemistry I 4
PY-222 General Physics II 4
LASC LASC Elective3
LASC LASC Elective3
 Credits14
Year Four
Semester Seven
BI-521 Biotechnology and DNA 4
BI-440 Advanced Research Experience for Undergraduates 1-6
BI-3XX Major Upper Level Elective4
LASC LASC Elective3
LASC LASC Elective3
 Credits15-20
Semester Eight
BI-527 Tissue Culture 3-4
BI-440 Advanced Research Experience for Undergraduates 3
BT-410 Biotechnology Seminar 1
BT-5XX Major Upper Level Elective 
SELECT Major or LASC Elective3
 Credits10-11
Summer I
BT-9XX Graduate Level Elective3
 Credits3
Summer II
Select One of the Following  
BT-9XX Graduate Level Elective 
BI-995 Research in Biology/Biotechnology 1-6
 Credits1-6
Year Five
Semester One
BI-995 Research in Biology/Biotechnology 3
BI-9XX Graduate Level Elective3
BI-9XX Graduate Level Elective3
 Credits9
Semester Two
BI-995 Research in Biology/Biotechnology 3
BI-9XX Graduate Level Elective3
BI-9XX Graduate Level Elective3
 Credits9
 Total Credits139-153

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.