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Biology & Biomedical Sciences 4+1 Programs

If you’re a biological sciences or biomedical sciences major with 80 credit hours or more, our 4+1 program offers you a faster, more affordable path to an advanced degree.

The 4+1 program allows you to earn a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in only five years. Students who are eligible for the program must apply no later than the second semester of their junior year of undergraduate study. You must meet the graduate school’s standard admissions requirements and be conditionally accepted to the 4+1 program before your bachelor’s degree is awarded to be eligible to attend the fifth year of the program.

Once accepted into the 4+1 program, you will be assigned a second academic counselor to guide you through the graduate school component of the program. As with all other academic programs at MSU, you’ll get the personal, one-on-one attention you need to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
 

Program Requirements

To be eligible for the program, students must:
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25
  • Earn a “B” or better in all upper-level courses
  • Must earn a “B” or better in all classes that count toward both degrees
  • Must maintain a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 [for both the B.S. Biological Sciences and B.S. Biomedical Sciences degree programs] and a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 to continue in the 4+1 program. Those who do not maintain the required minimum GPA will be expelled from the program. However, all graduate-level classes taken will still count toward the bachelor’s degree and students can still apply to enter the traditional graduate program.
  • Be unconditionally accepted to graduate school after completion of bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum combined GRE verbal and quantitative score of 286
 
The following graduate classes will count toward a master’s degree in the 4+1 program:
  • BIOL 607 - Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 609 - Limnology
  • BIOL 621 - Biology of Ferns
  • BIOL 624 - Immunology
  • BIOL 627 - Pathogenic Microbiology
  • BIOL 628 - Virology
  • BIOL 629 - Histology
  • BIOL 631 - Herpetology
  • BIOL 633 - Ichthyology
  • BIOL 637 - Ornithology
  • BIOL 638 - Mammalogy
  • BIOL 643 - General Parasitology
  • BIOL 644 - Clinical Lab Procedures
  • BIOL 646 - Biotechnology
  • BIOL 647 - Organ Systems Physiology
  • BIOL 649 - Plant Anatomy
  • BIOL 651 - Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIOL 652 - Aquatic Entomology
  • BIOL 654 - Environmental Education
  • BIOL 656 - Plant Morphology
  • BIOL 673 - Medical-Veterinary Entomology
  • BIOL 678 - Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 680 - History of Science
  • BIOL 690 - Biochemistry
  • BIOL 693 - Lab Techniques in Biochemistry