Accelerated Bachelor’s / Master’s Degree Program

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This degree program is designed to provide an undergraduate student in Biochemistry a means of completing the requirements for both degrees on an accelerated schedule by allowing 12 credit hours to be counted towards both the B.S. and Master’s degree requirements. Consequently, only 18 credit hours must be completed as a graduate student. Students complete the dual degree program in approximately 5 years.  Full details can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements for the Program:

- a minimum of seventy-five credit hours in their undergraduate programs, including credits earned from advanced placement, but prior to the completion of their bachelor’s.

- a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.500 at NC State at the time of admission into the ABM program, and throughout the undergraduate program.

- receive a grade of B or better in the double counted graduate-level courses (500 or 700 level) while maintaining a 3.50 GPA.
(Courses with a grade of B- or below cannot be double counted between the two degrees.)

- maintain a 3.50 or better Biochemistry Major GPA.

- be positioned to complete the BS degree requirements by the end of their fourth year, and formally apply for admission to the Graduate School.

- one letter of recommendation from the proposed faculty mentor, indicating the qualifications of the student and willingness to serve as the Master’s advisor.

Course Requirements:

In addition to the standard University and Biochemistry requirements for a B.S. in Biochemistry, students must complete 30 credit hours at the graduate level for the Master’s of Science degree component. This is accomplished as outlined below:

Undergraduate courses (12 credit hours):
6 credit hours total of 500 level courses in BCH*:
BCH 552 (3 cr), BCH 553 (3 cr) or BCH 555 (3 cr)

6 credit hours of 400 level courses with a 500 level counterpart in other departments*: e.g. CH 463/563, BIO 488/588, GN 421/521, GN 441/541, or other approved courses

Required graduate courses (18 credit hours):
12 credit hours of 500/700 level courses: BCH 701 (3 cr), BCH 703 (3 cr), and BCH 705 (3 cr) + one additional course (e.g. CHM 727, GN 701, BCH/GN 761, MB 714, MB 718, PO 757, etc )

6 credit hours of Research/Scholarship/Education: BCH 695 (6), BCH 693 (6), or BCH 685 (6)

* indicates courses double counted for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees

Thesis Requirements for the ABM Program:

The candidate will present novel, original research and provide evidence of mastery of biochemical technique(s). The thesis should be presented in the form of an original scientific manuscript, suitable for publication in a scientific journal. In order to complete a significant body of work to include in the thesis, students are expected to identify a faculty mentor while completing the undergraduate degree requirements.  These decisions should occur no later than the end of the junior year, but preferably sooner to meet the accelerated schedule.


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