Accelerated Bachelor's / Master's Program

The College of Arts and Science (CAS) and the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) offer students the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shorter period of time and at less cost than is normally the case. Qualifying students are typically accepted toward the end of their sophomore year or during their junior year. Students in CAS may apply to the program once they have completed a minimum of 48 credits toward the bachelor's degree, but not more than 96 credits, and prior to their final two semesters. To be eligible, students must have a minimum of two semesters remaining in CAS during which they are still working towards completion of undergraduate requirements. The minimum GPA requirement for admission to and continuation in the program is 3.0.

Students, once admitted to the accelerated program, take two graduate-level Biology courses (8 of 36 credits required for the Master's degree) in their final year in CAS, which will be applied to their Master's degree (but do not also count toward the Bachelor's degree). After graduation in May from CAS, students are eligible for a tuition scholarship covering 50% of the credits required for the Master's portion of the program, and can choose to matriculate into GSAS in the subsequent summer or fall term. In the first case, the 12-month scholarship would run from the summer through the following spring; in the second, it would run from the fall through the following summer. Please visit the CAS Bachelor's-Master's website for additional information about the accelerated program. Please visit M.S. in Biology for additional information about the Master’s in Biology program and requirements.

Example graduate-level Biology courses (only 1000-level courses are open to CAS undergraduate students):

  • Bio Core I: Molecules & Cells - BIOL-GA 1001
  • Bio Core II: Genes, Systems, and Evolution - BIOL-GA 1002
  • Environmental Health - BIOL-GA 1004
  • Toxicology - BIOL-GA.1006
  • Bioinformatics for Biologists - BIOL-GA 1007
  • Biological Databases & Datamining - BIOL-GA 1009
  • Advanced Immunology - BIOL-GA 1011
  • Hot Topics in Micorbiology and Infectious Diseases - BIOL-GA 1023
  • Lab in Molecular Biology 1 - BIOL-GA 1122
  • Lab in Molecular Biology 2 - BIOL-GA 1123
  • Bioinformatics & Genomes - BIOL-GA 1127
  • Systems Biology - BIOL-GA 1128
  • Evolutionary Genetics & Genomics - BIOL-GA 1129
  • Special Topics in Physiology - BIOL-GA 1031
  • Cell Biology - BIOL-GA 1051
  • Animal Virology - BIOL-GA 1080
  • Neuronal Plasticity - BIOL-GA.1101
  • Appl Genomics: Intro to Bioinformatics & Network Modeling - BIOL-GA 1130
  • Biophysical Modeling of Cells & Populations - BIOL-GA 1131
  • Genomics and Global Public Health - BIOL-GA 2012
  • Statistics in Biology - BIOL-GA 2030
  • Principles of Toxicology - BIOL-GA 2310
  • Research - BIOL-GA 3304
  • Reading - BIOL-GA 3305