Early Admission to the MS Program
Five-Year BS/MS Program in Biological Sciences
The accelerated BS/MS program in Biological Sciences allows selected Biological Sciences majors to obtain both their BS degree and MS degree in five years. (BS after four years and MS after five years). The accelerated BS/MS Biological Sciences 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. As part of the MS, the student must complete four core courses and pass a comprehensive examination in their area of specialization after completion of core courses.
Core courses: For cell/molecular biology: Eukaryotes Molecular Biology and Cell Biology of Eukaryotes. For ecology: Population & Community Biology and Community & Ecosystem Ecology.
Cell/Molecular biology BS/MS program: In the fall of their senior year, students will take BISC 7502 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology and 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 BS/MS program: In the fall of their senior year, students will take BISC 7501 Population & Community Biology and BISC 7801 Methods in Cell/Molecular Biology. In the spring of their senior year, students will take BISC 7503 Community & Ecosystem Ecology plus an elective.
Contact: Dr. J.D. Lewis, Chair