This combined degree program enables students to complete their bachelors and masters in biology in an accelerated fashion, in as little as five years. When qualified Brockport undergraduate biology majors are admitted to this combined degree program, they may take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in biology, all at the undergraduate tuition rate. These credits may apply to undergraduate and graduate degree requirements simultaneously. Upon finishing all undergraduate degree requirements and graduating in good academic standing in the combined degree program, students matriculate directly into the master of science in biology program.
Note: the program is designed for students who intend to pursue the Plan 1: Thesis track of the graduate program.
Admission to the Program
Admission to this highly selective combined degree program is restricted to Brockport biology students who:
- are in their first semester of junior year
- have completed at least 30 credits at Brockport (transfer students also need 18 credits from courses numbered BIO 300-499)
- have a cumulative Brockport GPA of at least 3.25
- have a Brockport GPA of at least 3.25 in all science and math courses
Qualified students interested in this combined degree program should speak with their undergraduate faculty advisor or graduate coordinator before submitting the online application. The application deadline is November 1. Applications include:
- general personal information
- 2 letters of recommendation
- statement of objectives
- writing sample, consisting of at least three pages illustrating scientific writing skills
The combined degree program is limited to a maximum of 10 students per year. Not all students who meet the minimum standards for admission will necessarily be admitted to the combined degree program.
Taking Graduate Classes as a Combined Degree Student
Once admitted to this combined degree program, undergraduate students can take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in biology at the undergraduate tuition rate. Up to 12 of these credits can fulfill undergraduate biology major requirements. These 12 credits can fulfill requirements for the master of science in biology once they matriculate into that program.
Students in the combined degree program in biology pursue revised undergraduate requirements for the biology major. Instead of 20 credits of 300- and 400-level upper-division electives in biology, students take 8 undergraduate credits as follows:
- ONE 400-level BIO course with a laboratory requirement. The following list reflects course offerings at the date of publication. Other biology courses may satisfy this requirement by advisement.
- BIO 404
- BIO 413
- BIO 417
- BIO 423
- BIO 424
- BIO 456
- BIO 480
- Students may count one of the following lecture courses toward this requirement if they also take the laboratory component
- BIO 467
- BIO 468
- BIO 470
- BIO 424 Experimental Research (4 credits)
The remaining 12 credits in 300- or 400-level electives can be met by 12 credits of 500-level electives taken as part of the combined degree program.
When combined degree students have fulfilled all requirements for their revised biology major and their undergraduate degree, they may no longer take graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rate. Furthermore, no more than 12 graduate credits taken as undergraduates at Brockport can transfer into their graduate degree program and fulfill its course requirements.
Maintaining Good Academic Standing in the Program
Students are admitted to the combined degree program in the middle of their junior year. At the end of the junior year, students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 in all science and math courses, and a GPA of 3.25 overall to remain in good academic standing. In addition, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in all science and math courses, and a GPA of 3.0 overall, to remain in good academic standing in their senior year.
Students who are dismissed or choose to dematriculate from the combined degree program, can complete outstanding requirements for the undergraduate major and degree. If such a student subsequently applies for the graduate program, those credits may be transferred to fulfill graduate degree requirements at departmental discretion.
Matriculation into the Graduate Program
When undergraduate students in good academic standing in this combined degree program graduate from Brockport, they can automatically matriculate directly into the master of science in biology program. All Brockport and Department of Biology graduate academic policies will then apply to them.