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Dual-Degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (4+1)

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Introduction

From the latest Alzheimer’s breakthrough to the limitless potential of stem cells, the specialized field of molecular and cell biology are providing some of the most significant innovations in medical science today.

Program Overview

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 dual degree BS/MS program allows current undergraduates in a science major to complete a undergraduate and graudate degree in five years. You’ll gain 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 of your fourth and fifth years. Connecticut is also home to a number of prominent biotech and biomedical firms, which can provide experiential learning opportunities throughout your time at Quinnipiac. 

In our cutting-edge labs and facilities, 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. 

Careers

A bachelor's degree in biology combined with a master's degree in molecular and cell biology can be useful in a number of career areas. Graduates can work in health and medicine, drug development, agriculture and related professions; research and university and college teaching. Biochemsitry majors 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
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Diagnostics
  • Nutrition
  • Toxicology

Business

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Medical Technology
  • Product Quality
  • Science Journalism
  • Training

Government/education

  • College/University Teaching
  • Food Safety
  • Medical/Biotechnology Policy
  • Research Coordinator
  • Science Administration
  • Technical Writing

Curriculum and Requirements

Dual-Degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (4+1) Curriculum

Students who choose to pursue the five-year Master's Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology are required to complete the following courses by the end of their junior year:

CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
A minimum of two Biology Electives in separate elective categories (Molecular and Cellular Biology, Organismal, Physiology, or Experiential Learning). An elective in Molecular and Cellular Biology is strongly recommended.

Recommended Curriculum

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.

First Year
Fall Semester
BIO 150
& BIO 151L
General Biology for Majors
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
MA 140Pre-Calculus3
Spring Semester
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
UC University Elective3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable3
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 298Research Methods in Biology3
BIO 152
& 152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
UC University Elective3
Spring Semester
BIO Biology Elective3
BIO Biology Elective3
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
UC University Elective3
Open Elective3
Third Year
Fall Semester
Biology Elective3
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
UC Elective3
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Spring Semester
BIO Biology Elective3
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
UC University Elective3
UC University Elective3
Open Elective3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
Graduate Elective3
UC Capstone3
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Spring Semester
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
UC University Elective
UC University Elective3
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BIO Graduate Elective3
Spring Semester
Graduate Elective3
Graduate Elective3
BIO 675Comp Exam in Molecular and Cell Biology2

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Admissions Requirements

Students in the dual-degree program may complete up to 9 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, which also fulfill undergraduate open electives. Students must work with their undergraduate adviser and the molecular and cell biology director to ensure that the courses fit into both degree programs. Students must present satisfactory performance in their graduate course work completed during their senior year to be officially admitted into the graduate program upon completion of the BS degree.

You can apply for this program up until the spring semester of your junior year using a special application form available in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission into the combined program is competitive. Only students who have earned at least 75 credits with an overall GPA of 3.0 are considered. Meeting the minimum criteria for consideration does not guarantee admission.