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In paid media – 3 years license.,Students Madeleine Pagono, Alexandria Barnes, Ashley Ponce and James Madio walking in the courtyard area of the College of Arts and Sciences. (Photography by Rich Gilligan / for Quinnipiac University) Copyright Notice: Rich Gilligan @Hello Artists photographed in October 2016 for the new branding materials and new EDU website. Usage terms are: Marketing Collateral in perpetuity - e.g.-student guides, annual reports, flyers, brochures, public affairs, web/social media 
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Combined BS/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology

From the latest Alzheimer’s breakthrough to the limitless potential of stem cells, the specialized field of molecular and cell biology are providing some of the most significant innovations in medical science today.

Program Overview

Before we can cure the most challenging diseases of our time, we need to understand their root causes at the molecular and cellular levels. This combined BS/MS program is completed in five years and reflects the modern health care and medical technology landscape. You’ll have the specialized skills and knowledge you’ll need to join the fight against HIV, Parkinson’s and cancer, and you’ll be ready to join the next generation of leaders in growing industries such as biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals. 

You’ll build a basic foundation in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics during the undergraduate portion of the program, preparing you for the more advanced graduate-level work of your fourth and fifth years. Connecticut is also home to a number of prominent biotech and biomedical firms, including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Covidien, which can provide experiential learning opportunities throughout your time at Quinnipiac. 

In our cutting-edge labs and facilities, you’ll learn to analyze genes using modern instrumentation such as thermal cyclers, and examine biological and chemical material with a variety of sophisticated microscopes and other lab technology. Our faculty members come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and offer a blend of traditional lectures and hands-on lab courses. You also will benefit from an array of guest lectures by local scientists from medical schools, pharmaceutical and biomedical firms. 

Curriculum and Requirements

BS/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology Curriculum

Students who choose to pursue the five-year Bachelor's/Master’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology are required to complete the following courses by the end of their junior year:

CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Elective in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Elective in one of the following three Biology Elective categories: Organismal, Physiology or Experiential Learning

Recommended Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 150
& 150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable I 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC University Elective 3
UC University Elective 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 298 Research Methods in Biology 3
BIO 152
& 152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
UC University Elective 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
BIO Biology elective 4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
BIO Biology elective 4
UC University Elective 3
Open Elective 1
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall Semester
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
Open elective 3
Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Biology Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
BIO Biology elective 3
UC University Elective 3
UC University Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
UC University Capstone 3
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics 4
Graduate Elective 3
Open elective 3
Open elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
UC University Elective 3
UC University Elective 3
BIO 515 Advanced Biochemistry 4
BIO 605 DNA Methods Laboratory 4
 Credits14
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
BIO 606 Protein Methods Laboratory 4
BIO 568 Molecular and Cell Biology 4
BIO Graduate Elective 3
BIO 571 Molecular Genetics 4
 Credits15
Spring Semester
Graduate Elective 3
Graduate Elective 3
BIO 675 Comp Exam in Molecular and Cell Biology 2
 Credits8
 Total Credits149

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