Program Contact: Robert Collins   203-582-6407

For highly qualified students, the Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Biochemistry/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1) provides an opportunity for students to achieve both a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master of Science within the field of Molecular and Cell Biology within a 4-year time frame typically associated with only an undergraduate education. The 3+1 program provides an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue studies in professional healthcare fields and doctoral programs. It also offers a competitive edge for students wishing to pursue a career in biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries.

The requirements and policies for the undergraduate degree are the same as described on the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry page, except that students in the 3+1 combined BS/MS program are expected to maintain a GPA of at least 3.00 at the end of each school year for continued participation in the program. The requirements and policies for the graduate degree are the same as described on the Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology page.

Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Biochemistry/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (3+1) Recommended Curriculum

The minimum number of credits required for the undergraduate degree is 120, and the minimum number of credits required for the graduate degree is 34. A maximum of 12 graduate credits may be used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students must use UC electives to satisfy the Modern Language requirement. Students in pre-medical programs are advised to take CHE 210, CHE 210L, CHE 211, CHE 211L, PHY 110, PHY 110L, PHY 111 and PHY 111L in an on-ground modality. MA 153 and MA 154 are not required to complete this program but are highly recommended. 

Year One: Fall Semester
BIO 150General Biology for Majors4
BIO 150LGeneral Biology for Majors Laboratory
CHE 110General Chemistry I3
CHE 110LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
MA 140Pre-Calculus3
Year One: January Term
UC Elective3
Year One: Spring Term
BIO 151Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics4
BIO 151LMolecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
CHE 111General Chemistry II3
CHE 111LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable 13
UC Elective3
Year One: Summer Term
UC Elective3
UC Elective3
Year Two: Fall Term
CHE 210Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 210LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 215Analytical Chemistry3
CHE 215LAnalytical Chemistry Lab1
PHY 110General Physics I 23
PHY 110LGeneral Physics I Lab1
UC Elective3
Year Two: January Term
UC Elective3
Year Two: Spring Term
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
CHE 211Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 211LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
CHE 305Instrumental Analysis3
CHE 305LInstrumental Analysis Lab1
CHE 315LBiochemistry I Lab1
PHY 111General Physics II 33
PHY 111LGeneral Physics II Lab1
Year Two: Summer Term
UC Elective3
UC Elective3
Year Three: Fall Term
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
CHE 301Physical Chemistry I3
CHE 301LPhysical Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 475Chemistry Seminar I1
CHE 490Chemistry Research I3
CHE Elective3
Year Three: January Term
UC Elective 3
Year Three: Spring Term
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
CHE 302Physical Chemistry II3
CHE 302LPhysical Chemistry II Lab1
CHE 316Biochemistry II3
CHE 420Chemistry Integrative Capstone3
CHE 476Chemistry Seminar II1
CHE 491Chemistry Research II3
Year Three: Summer Term
Independent Study3
Year Four: Fall Term
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
Graduate Elective3
Year Four: Spring Term
BIO 675Comp Exam in Molecular and Cell Biology2
Graduate Elective3
Graduate Elective3
Total Credits120


1. MA 151 may be substituted for MA 141

2. PHY 121 may be substituted for PHY 110 and PHY 110L

3. PHY 122 may be substituted for PHY 111 and PHY 111L

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS program is designed for outstanding applicants. Students are offered acceptance into the program upon admission to Quinnipiac University. 

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.