Overall Description for the 3+2 Program

Structure: The Department of Biological Sciences offers a combined program where students will be able to earn both Bachelorís and Masterís degrees in 5 years of full-time study. During the first six semesters, students will complete a core of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math courses totaling 52 credits. Students will apply for the MS in the fifth semester. By the end of the seventh semester students will have fulfilled their general education requirements and be granted the BS after completing 120 credits. Students will retain undergraduate status, pay undergrad tuition and fees, and be eligible for undergraduate financial aid until they have earned 120 credits and are awarded the BS. At that time, they will become matriculated grad students, pay grad tuition and fees and be eligible for graduate financial aid. Once admitted to the MS portion of the program, students will earn the MS after successfully completing all graduate requirements, including a minimum of 30 graduate credits.

Enrollment: Admission to the combined program is selective, restricted to students with exceptional records, and depends on the availability of a faculty member to serve as a thesis advisor. Students will apply to the combined degree program during the spring semester of their junior year. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better through the end of the junior year to be accepted into the program. Transfer students will be considered for the BS/MS program after taking 30 credits of course work at SUNY Brockport, 18 of which must be upper-division courses in Biological Sciences. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Department of Biological Sciences, which will make the final decision on admissions.

Credits: To earn a combined M.S./B.S. degree in Biology, students must achieve a total of 32 credits from Biology, 16 credits from Chemistry, 8 credits from Physics and a course of Mathematics chosen from Tables 1-4 below. There are two restrictions on your choice of electives. (1) A minimum of 16 credits in upper-division electives is required. (2) At least 12 of your credits must be at the 400 level.

Example: A typical four-year program that satisfies the above requirements and culminates in a combined M.S./B.S. in Biology is shown on Table 5. Students enrolled in the 3+2 program must have a continuing GPA of 3.0 or better to remain in the program. Students who fail to meet this academic standard will have a fallback position, which is to complete all requirements for the BS degree in Biological Sciences. After completing the combined program, students will have earned a BS and an MS in Biological Sciences.

Other Requirements

Other requirements are: (1) Design a Plan of Graduate Study in consultation with the Thesis Advisory Committee by the end of the seventh semester. (2) Successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam administered by the Graduate Advisory Committee by the end of the eighth semester. (3) Completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours at the 600/700 level. (4) Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher of courses in the Plan of Graduate Study. (5) Completion of a written Thesis Proposal. (6) Completion of a written Thesis and an oral Defense of the Thesis. (7) Submission of five copies of the defended Thesis to the department secretary.

Table 1: Biology Requirements

A total of 32 credits
Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 201 Biology I
4
BIO 202 Biology II
4
BIO 301 Cell Biology
4
BIO 302 Genetics
4
BIO 424 Independent Laboratory Research
4
BIO 400-level Lab 400-Level Laboratory Course
4
BIO 498 Seminar
1
BIO 692 Seminar
1
BIO 702 Thesis
6

Table 2: Chemistry Requirements

A total of 16 credits chosen from below
Course Number Course Title Credits
CHM 205 College Chemistry I
4
CHM 206 College Chemistry II
4
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry I
4
CHM 306 Organic Chemistry II
4

Table 3: Physics Requirements

A total of 8 credits chosen from below
Course Number Course Title Credits
Students must choose from one of the following sets of Introductory Physics Courses:
PHS 205 Introduction to Physics I with Lab
4
PHS 210 Introduction to Physics II with Lab
4
Or:
PHS 235 Physics I with Lab
4
PHS 240 Physics II with Lab
4

Table 4: Mathematics Requirements

One course chosen from below
Course Number Course Title Credits
Students must choose from one of the following Mathematics Courses:
MTH 201 Calculus I
3
MTH 221 Calculus for Business, Social and Life Sciences
3
MTH 243 Elementary Statistics
3
EVN 437 Biostatistics
3
Please be aware that prerequisites may apply for Math courses

Table 5: A Typical 5-Year Program towards an M.S./B.S. in Biology

A Typical 5-Year Program
Semester 1 - Year 1 Semester 2 - Year 1
GEP 100 Freshman Seminar   BIO 202 General Biology II with Lab 4
GEP 150 Computer Skills   CHM 206 General Chemsitry II with Lab 4
BIO 201 General Biology I with Lab 4   General Education Electives 9
CHM 205 General Chemistry I with Lab 4      
ENL 112 Freshman Composition        
MTH 221 Calculus I 3      
    17     17
   
Semester 3 - Year 2
Semester 4 - Year 2
BIO 302 Genetics 4 BIO 301 Cell Biology 4
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry 4 CHM 303 or 306 Organic Chemistry II or Analytical Chemistry 4
  General Education Electives 9   General Education Electives 9
    17     17
   
Semester 5 - Year 3
Semester 6 - Year 3
PHS 205 Introductory Physics I 4 PHS 206 Introductory Physics II 4
BIO 424 Independent Experimental Research 4 BIO 498 Seminar 1
BIO 4XX 400-level Biology Electives 4 BIO 5XX 500-level Biology Electives 3
  General Education Electives 6 BIO 5XX 500-level Biology Electives 3
    18     13
Apply to MS Program  
   
Semester 7 - Year 4
Semester 8 - Year 4
BIO 5XX 500-level Biology Electives 3/4 BIO 5XX 500-level Biology Electives 6/8
BIO 704 Thesis 1 BIO 704 Thesis 1
   
Semester 9 - Year 5
Semester 10 - Year 5
BIO 6XX 600-level Biology Electives 4 BIO 6XX 600-level Biology Electives 4
BIO 692 Seminar 1 BIO 704 Thesis 2
BIO 704 Thesis 2      
 

For Program Information

  • Huey Hing, PhD
  • Coordinator, 3+2 Program
  • The College at Brockport
  • 350 New Campus Drive
  • Brockport, NY 14420
  • Tel: (585) 395-5742
  • Email: hhing@brockport.edu

For Admission Information

  • Office of Admission
  • The College of Brockport
  • 350 New Campus Drive
  • Brockport, NY 14420
  • Tel: (585) 395-2525
  • Email: gradadmit@brockport.edu
  • Web: www.brockport.edu/graduate