FIVE YEAR B.S./M.S. PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY
The accelerated B.S./M.S. program in Biology allows selected Biology majors to obtain both their B.S. degree and M.S. degree in five years. (B.S. after four years and M.S. after five years). The accelerated B.S./M.S. Biology Program is offered to Fordham College students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Interested students must apply by the time they register for the fall semester of their senior year but are encouraged to apply earlier. Candidates will begin their graduate studies in their senior year and will carry elective credits in the summer between their fourth and fifth years. For the M.S., the student must complete 30 credits, including satisfactory completion of core courses, have knowledge of either an appropriate modern language or a computer language, and pass a comprehensive examination after completion of core courses. Master’s students are required to take the core courses in their area of specialization and one additional core course outside of their concentration. All graduate students are required to successfully complete two semesters of Biology Colloquium.
Core courses: For Cell/Molecular Biology: Biochemistry, Cell Biology of Eukaryotes, and Molecular Biology. For Ecology: Population Biology, Community Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, and Ecological Methods.
Cell/Molecular Biology B.S./M.S. program: In the Fall of their senior year, students will take BISC 6791 Biochemistry & BISC 7801 Methods in Cell/Molecular Biology. In the Spring of their senior year, students will take BISC 6734 Cell Biology of Eukaryotes & BISC 7804 Techniques in Cell/Molecular Biology.
Ecology B.S./M.S. program: In the Fall of their senior year, students will take BISC 6531 Population Biology & BISC 7801 Methods in Cell/Molecular Biology. In the Spring of their senior year, students will take BISC 6532 Community Ecology plus an elective.
Contact: Dr. James D. Lewis, Chair