3+2 Biology (M.S.)

The Master of Science Degree is rapidly becoming the professional working degree in Biology. Professional biologists work in positions such as microbiologist, zoologist, wildlife biologist, biological technician, to highlight but a few of the diverse job opportunities. These professions are expected to experience better than average growth, adding ca. 23,600 new jobs to a 2012 base of ca. 210,400 jobs, for an 11 percent projected growth during the decade following 2012.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports median pay for jobs in these areas ranges from $39,750 to $66,260 per year. However, to enter and advance in these jobs generally requires training beyond the baccalaureate. To be competitive, professional biologists often need more laboratory and field experience, and a greater diversity of areas of competence, than can easily be encompassed in a traditional four-year undergraduate program. Answering the growing need for advanced graduate-level preparation for students pursuing careers as technicians, laboratory managers, research assistants, and etc., the accelerated combined bachelor's and master's curriculum in biology implements a focused career development tract emphasizing the development of a broad diversity of advanced laboratory, field, and career skills.

BU's Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in several curriculum-options reflecting sub-disciplines, levels of biological organization, and areas of interest within the life sciences. A seamless progression of coursework, culminating in both a bachelor's and a master's degree, is extremely attractive to the best students because it affords them the opportunity to pursue graduate work early in their academic career, and allows them to enter the job market with the credentials most likely to allow them to secure a position and advance in their career. Pursuing these credentials in a traditional, stand-alone Bachelor's and Master of Science degree programs would require a minimum of six years of study. In contrast, the accelerated program at BU can be completed in only 5 years.