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Biological Science

Bachelor/Master of Science

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Program Intro

The 4 + 1 degree is an accelerated track that allows you to earn both a BS and MS in a five-year window, empowering you to jumpstart your career goals.

Department of Biological Sciences

Whether you plan on entering a professional school, PhD program or today’s job market, our dedicated and accomplished faculty are committed to your preparation for future success in research and education.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum of this program is identical to the BS and MS degrees in biology, but as a 4+1 student, you can apply nine credits of 5000-level biology elective courses to fulfill both degree requirements.

In your fourth year, you’re required to form a graduate advisory committee and develop a plan of study. You must pass an exit exam to graduate.

Develop a foundational knowledge of key concepts in biology and learn essential lab skills.

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Complete 80 percent of the required core in biology. You’re urged to take biostatistics and declare a concentration.

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Expand your knowledge through upper-level biology courses. Apply for the 4 +1 program after completion of 80 credits.

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Complete the senior capstone course and select nine credits of 5000-level biology courses to fulfill both degree requirements.

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The BS/MS in Biology 4+1 program offers:

  • The opportunity to complete both degrees in five years
  • A wide variety of upper-level undergraduate and graduate course offerings
  • Small class sizes
  • Faculty supervised research opportunities
  • Teaching assistant positions
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As a graduate of this program, you’ll develop in-depth knowledge in biological sciences as well as critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills that will enhance your career opportunities in the field.


There are multiple scholarships available to students in this program, including:

  • Biology Scholarship
  • Donald Clark Memorial Scholarship
  • Robert G. Husted, M.D. Scholarship
  • Undergraduate and graduate teaching assistantships


Beyond the Classroom

We know that learning happens everywhere, so we encourage you to supplement your studies through research, internships, and volunteering in the community.


Career Paths

This degree prepares you for professional and PhD programs and a number of careers in the field, including:

  • Biology instructor
  • Research scientist
  • Field ecologist
  • Natural science manager



Graduates of this program are employed in organizations like:

  • Hospitals
  • University research laboratories
  • Food testing laboratories
  • National Park Service

I chose PNW because of my positive experience during my undergraduate years. It offered me many opportunities that helped me to get accepted into medical school. Excellent teaching and practice interviews with faculty had a significant impact on my application and academic progress.

Erick Tiemens

Compared to other institutions, the faculty at PNW showed me that they care about their students' success. That was the reason I decided that it would be the best place to complete my undergraduate program in biology and to continue on to get my master’s degree.

Joseph Floramo

Meet the Faculty

W.T. Evert Ting, Ph.D.

W.T. Evert Ting, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences and Graduate Program Coordinator

My research interests are in applied food and environmental microbiology.

J. Curtis Creighton, Ph.D.

J. Curtis Creighton, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences

Research in my lab addresses questions related to the evolution of behavior. Specifically, I combine both laboratory and field experiments to test hypotheses related to how the social environment influences life history evolution.

Scott T. Bates, Ph.D.

Scott T. Bates, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Bates is currently an Assistant Professor on the Westville campus, whose foci include bioinformatics, microbial ecology, microbiology, and mycology. His research seeks to harness the power of modern molecular methods to broadly investigate how assemblages of microbes function in their environment.

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