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M.S. in Biology, Accelerated Track

This curriculum offers an alternative pathway for progression through the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Biology. This track leads to the Master of Science degree with approximately one year of post-baccalaureate study as opposed to the two years usually required in the traditional track.

The accelerated track is aimed at ambitious, highly-motivated undergraduates with a career interest in any area of the biological sciences represented in the IUP Department of Biology. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared for skilled technical positions in the industrial or academic workforce or for advanced study in outstanding graduate or professional schools.

In this program, an undergraduate with a 3.0 or better overall GPA and strong letters of recommendation selects a faculty mentor, identifies a research project, and declares an intent to enter the program during the junior year. The student begins work toward the master’s degree as early as the junior year, continues working toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the senior year, and then completes the master’s research project, including the thesis, during the fifth or graduate year.

Students working for this degree will complete 32 semester hours of credits and will complete an original body of research described in a thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor and the guidance of a thesis advisory committee. The non-thesis option is not available in the Accelerated Track.

At least 50 percent of all course credits must be at the 600 level or above.

Biology Graduate Coordinators:

Dr. Bob Major
223 Weyandt Hall
(724) 357-7958

Dr. Joe Duchamp
18 Weyandt Hall
(724) 357-1299

  • Biology Department
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 114
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1081
  • Phone: 724-357-2352
  • Fax: 724-357-5524
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.