Biology (B.S.) (Combined B.S./M.B.A. Business Administration)

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years.  Undergraduate students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

Certain pre-qualified students may be accepted into the major; others will need to complete the following:

3.00 overall GPA required 

Please note: The Biology and Molecular Biology majors have retention policies. By the end of their second semester in the major (i.e. spring), students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA and have completed the following courses: BIOL 112 and/or BIOL 113, CHEM 106 and/or CHEM 120, and MATH 111. These criteria do not apply to students entering in the Fall in the STEM Pioneers Program

Successfully complete one semester of a math, biology and chemistry course in the major with a C- or higher

Departmental advising meeting required.

Contact: Dr. Dirk Vanderklein, Science Hall, Room 116, 973-655-5265

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements

Students in this combined degree program must complete the requirements for:

Biology Major (B.S.)

Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Graduate Swing Courses

A combined degree program allows students to complete 6-12 graduate credits ("graduate swing courses") while enrolled as an undergraduate. These courses count for both their bachelor and master’s degrees.  Graduate swing courses will count toward undergraduate free electives, unless noted otherwise.

The Graduate Swing Courses for this program:

M.B.A. Graduate Swing Courses

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

Undergraduate Roadmap

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
BIOL 1124CHEM 1214
CHEM 1204Collateral Math/Applied Math/Statistics course.4
Collateral Math/Applied Math/Statistics course.4 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science3
World Language 13GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
BIOL 2304World Language 23
CHEM 2303BIOL 2134
CHEM 2322CHEM 2313
 15 16
Third Year
BIOL 3804GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1
PHYS 191 or 1934BIOL 4173
Cell/Molecular Elective 3-4PHYS 192 or 1934
Ecology Elective 3-4Organismal Elective 3-4
 Additional Major Elective 3-4
 14-16 14-16
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3Graduate Swing courses6
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3Free Electives5-1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3 
Additional Major elective4 
 16 14-10
Total Credits 120

Graduate Roadmap

Fourth Year
First Half  
MBA Core course1.5  
MBA Core course1.5  
MBA Elective course1.5  
Second Half  
MBA Core course3  
MBA Core course1.5  
MBA Core course1.5  
Fifth Year
 First HalfFirst Half
 MBA Core course1.5MBA Core course3
 MBA Flexible Core course1.5MBA Elective course1.5
 MBA Flexible Core course1.5Second Half
 MBA Elective course1.5MBA Core course1.5
 Second HalfMBA Core course1.5
 MBA Core course1.5MBA Core course1.5
 MBA Core course1.5 
 MBA Elective1.5 
  10.5 9
Total Credits 30