Before we can cure the most challenging diseases of our time, we need to understand their root causes at the molecular and cellular levels. This accelerated dual-degree BS/MS program is completed in four years and reflects the modern health care and medical technology landscape. You’ll have the specialized skills and knowledge you’ll need to join the fight against HIV, Parkinson’s and cancer, and you’ll be ready to join the next generation of leaders in growing industries such as biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals.
You’ll build a basic foundation in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics during the undergraduate portion of the program, preparing you for the more advanced graduate-level work in your fourth year. You can add to your in-class knowledge with experiential learning opportunities with a number of prominent area biotech and biomedical firms.
Through hands-on undergraduate and graduate laboratory courses, you’ll learn to analyze genes using modern instrumentation such as thermal cyclers, and examine biological and chemical material with a variety of sophisticated microscopes and other lab technology. Our faculty members come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and offer a blend of traditional lectures and hands-on lab courses. You also will benefit from an array of guest lectures by local scientists from medical schools, pharmaceutical and biomedical firms.
Study reveals possible cancer link in river
Courtney McGinnis, assistant professor of biology, recently received a grant from Connecticut Community Foundation to launch a research study to help determine if a link exists between the Naugatuck River and the high number of breast and reproductive cancer cases in the Naugatuck Valley.
McGinnis, who grew up in Oxford, Connecticut, spent the summer studying the river quality with student research assistants to specifically look for the presence of phthalates, a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible. They took water samples from a total of 11 sites along the river. Their samples showed the presence of phthalates at sites in Ansonia, Seymour, Beacon Falls, Naugatuck and Waterbury.
McGinnis filed a preliminary report with the Connecticut Family Foundation. She plans to apply for more grants to continue research in the Naugatuck River in the future.
Changes in the field of biology are happening fast. Our Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS helps you keep pace.
The BS/MS accelerated dual-degree program enables you to earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees sooner and at a significantly lower cost compared to traditional models.
- You'll save on tuition costs and enter the workforce early by completing your program at least 1 year sooner.
- You'll leverage that year’s worth of earnings to further reduce the cost of your education.
- You'll enjoy flat tuition and fees for the 4 years, including summer credits and course overage credits.
- You'll maintain your academic scholarships through program completion.
A bachelor’s degree combined with a master’s degree can be useful in a number of career areas. Graduates can work in health and medicine, drug development, agriculture and related professions; research, university and college teaching. Graduates gain abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers.
Examples of careers for molecular and cell biology majors:
Medicine, Health and Pharmaceutical
- Genetic Engineering
- Medical Research
- Clinical Diagnostics
- Environmental Consultant
- Health Care Policy
- Medical Technology
- Product Quality
- Science Journalism
- College/University Teaching
- Food Safety
- Medical/Biotechnology Policy
- Research Coordinator
- Science Administration
- Technical Writing
Curriculum and Requirements
Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Biology/ MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1)
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.
|General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
|General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
|EN 101||Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing||3|
|FYS 101||First-Year Seminar||3|
|Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
|General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
|MA 141||Calculus of a Single Variable||3|
|EN 102||Academic Writing and Research||3|
|Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
|BIO 298||Research Methods in Biology||3|
|Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
|Foreign Language I||3|
|Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
|Foreign Language II||3|
|General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
|General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
|BIO 571||Molecular Genetics||4|
|BIO 515||Advanced Biochemistry||4|
|BIO 605||DNA Methods Laboratory||4|
|BIO 688||Independent Study||3|
|BIO 568||Molecular and Cell Biology||4|
|BIO 606||Protein Methods Laboratory||4|
|BIO 675||Comp Exam in Molecular and Cell Biology||2|
Additional course details
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For highly qualified students, the Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1) program provides an opportunity for students to achieve both an undergraduate degree in biology and a graduate degree in the field of molecular and cell biology within a 4-year timeframe typically associated with only an undergraduate education.
The deadline for freshman applications for the Fall semester is February 1. We strongly encourage you to apply well before this deadline, as we operate on a rolling admissions basis.
Entering students must have a minimum SAT score of 1200 and be in the top 20% of their graduating class.
Students who do not qualify for the accelerated program are encouraged to enroll in the biology program as freshmen and apply to the Dual-Degree BS/MS (4+1) program in their junior year. This five-year program will provide a path to a master’s degree without required testing. Learn more about the dual-degree (4+1) program below.
Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate science program can apply to our master’s program. Learn more about the master’s program below.
The Department of Biological Sciences already offers individual BS and MS degrees in Biology and Molecular and Cell Biology. We have three avenues to the MS:
- The Accelerated Dual-Degree 3+1 program
- The Dual-Degree 4+1 program
- A stand-alone MS degree , which takes 2 years to complete
The Accelerated Dual-Degree (3+1) program restructures the existing 4+1 program into an accelerated timeframe. The 3+1 program does not require any additional courses.
If you’re considering one of Quinnipiac’s outstanding graduate programs, you’re on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.