Biological Sciences - ABM

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Curriculum for Biological Sciences - Organismal Biology

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s degree program is designed to provide an opportunity for highly motivated students to gain an in-depth understanding of Biological Sciences - Organismal Biology beyond that of typical bachelor’s level graduates and make them more competitive for industrial positions or for graduate studies. Specifically, the program allows students to take three 6000 level courses (9 credit hours) that will count for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The ABM program can be applied towards the thesis option of the BIOL M.S. degree. In addition, the ABM program provides an opportunity for students involved in undergraduate research to build on that research and develop it into an M.S. thesis. The availability of an ABM will be useful in recruiting and attracting highly motivated high school students. Finally, the ABM program allows students to obtain a M.S. degree in 12 - 15 months. Students who are interested in the ABM program are highly encouraged to discuss with the department head or the BIOL Graduate Program Officer

Below is a chart of all the approved courses that can be taken in the ABM program and what course that replaces at the undergraduate level.

CodeTitleHours
IBIO Pathway:
BIOL 7540Professional Aspects of Biology (Replaces 5000 level BIOL elective)3
BIOL 6XXX/7XXX Eco/Evo/Devo elec. (replaces 5000 level Eco/Evo/Devo elective)3
BIOL 6XXX/7XXX Physiology elec. (replaces 5000 level Physiology elective)3
MCMB Pathway:
BIOL 7540Professional Aspects of Biology (Replaces 5000 level BIOL elective)3
BIOL 6210Microbial Physiology (Replaces BIOL 5210)3
BIOL 6260Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics (Replaces BIOL 5260)3
GENE Pathway:
BIOL 7540Professional Aspects of Biology (Replaces 5000 level BIOL elective)3
BIOL 6330Developmental Genetics (Replaces BIOL 5330 Developmental Genetics )3
BIOL 6xxx GENE Supp Elective (replaces BIOL 5xxx GENE Supp Elective)3

Courses can be substituted by graduate level courses by students enrolled in the ABM program to meet nine undergraduate hours during their senior year and nine graduate hours to be used toward their graduate degree.

Senior Year for Students in ABM Program - Organismal/Integrative Biology (IBIO)

Senior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Core Fine Arts3BIOL 4950 Senior Seminar1BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis4
BIOL 6/7xx Eco/Evo/Div Elective3Cell/Mol/Microbiology Elective3 
Cell/Mol/Microbiology Elective4BIOL 6/7xxx Physiology Elective3 
Biology Elective4Biology Elective3 
BIOL 7540 Professional Aspects of Biology3BIOL 4980 Undergraduate Research4 
 17 14 4
Total Hours: 35

Accelerated Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Fifth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 6/7xxx Elective4BIOL 6/7xxx Elective3
BIOL 6/7xxx Elective3BIOL 7960 Special Problems2
BIOL 7960 Special Problems2BIOL 7950 Masters Thesis Seminar1
BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis2 
 11 6
Total Hours: 17

Senior Year for Students in ABM Program - Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (MCMB)

Senior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BIOL 6260 Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics3BIOL 6210 Microbial Physiology3BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis1
BIOL 6521 Gene Expression and Recombinant DNA Laboratory2MMCB Elective3 
BIOL 7540 Professional Aspects of Biology3BIOL 4980 Undergraduate Research2 
CORE SOC SCI or HUM3BIOL Elective3 
CORE HUMANITES3CORE SOCIAL SCIENCES3 
BIOL 4980 Undergraduate Research2BIOL 4950 Senior Seminar1 
 16 15 1
Total Hours: 32

Accelerated Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Fifth Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
MMCB elective3MMCB elective3BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis1
BIOL 6xxx MMCB graduate journal club2BIOL 6xxx MMCB graduate journal club2BIOL 7950 Masters Thesis Seminar1
BIOL 7960 Special Problems2BIOL 7960 Special Problems2 
BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis2BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis2 
 9 9 2
Total Hours: 20

Senior Year for Students in ABM Program - Genetics (GENE)

Senior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
GENE CORE Elective5BIOL 6330 Developmental Genetics3BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis1
GENE SUPP Elective5GENE CORE Elective3 
CORE HUMANITES3GENE SUPP Elective5 
BIOL 7540 Professional Aspects of Biology3BIOL 4950 Senior Seminar1 
BIOL 4AA0 Professional Development II0Free Elective4 
 UNIV 4AA0 Creed to Succeed0 
 16 16 1
Total Hours: 33

Accelerated Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Fifth Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
GENE CCORE elective3GENE SUPP Elective3BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis1
BIOL 6xxx graduate journal club2BIOL 6xxx graduate journal club2BIOL 7950 Masters Thesis Seminar1
BIOL 7960 Special Problems2BIOL 7960 Special Problems2 
BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis2BIOL 7990 Research and Thesis2 
 9 9 2
Total Hours: 20