Accelerated B.S. Biology, Biomedical Sciences Concentration

Accelerated BS to MS Program

Students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate program may take departmentally approved graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum.  These credits will count towards both their bachelor's and master's degrees and can fulfill major requirements, upper-division requirements, and/or free electives.  For details on accelerated programs at Idaho State University, please see (Degree Requirements). 

Once accepted into an accelerated degree program, it is strongly recommended for students to stay in close communication with their advisor regarding pursuit of acceptance into the Graduate School and the master's degree program at Idaho State University. Acceptance into an accelerated program during the bachelor's degree program is the first step in the admissions process. A separate application to the Graduate School is necessary for all accelerated programs. For more information regarding application and admission to the Graduate School at Idaho State University, please see the Graduate Admissions section of the graduate catalog (

Biology Accelerated Criteria

This accelerated program gives outstanding bachelor’s degree students in Biology  a “fast-track” option to pursue their Master of Science in Biology degree.

Students accepted into the accelerated program may take up to 8 credit hours of 5000 level courses during the last two semesters of their bachelor’s program that will apply to both the bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements.  Students have to meet all requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.

Additional requirements for students in this program are:

  • Students need to identify a suitable advisor for their MS program (see

  • Students must earn at least a “B” (3.0) in each graduate-level course counted for the program.

Eligibility for this program:

  • Completion of at least 70 undergraduate credits applicable to the Bachelor of Science in Biology program at the time of application.

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

Students who wish to enroll in this program should submit an application no later than the end of the second semester of their junior year.  Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test.

Meeting these eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the accelerated master’s degree programs.

Program Admissions Requirements

There are no program admission requirements for the BS in Biology, Biomedical Sciences Concentration.

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3 - MATH 1160 or MATH 11703
Objective 46
Objective 5 - BIOL 1101, BIOL 1101L, PHYS 11117
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

 Major Requirements

BIOL 1101
Biology I
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
BIOL 1102
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
BIOL 1191Wonder about Biology1
BIOL 2206
BIOL 2207
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
BIOL 2209
General Ecology
and General Ecology Laboratory
BIOL 3316Biometry Laboratory1
BIOL 3358Genetics3
BIOL 4417Organic Evolution3
BIOL 4491/4492Seminar1
MATH 1160Survey of Calculus (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3-4
or MATH 1170 Calculus I
MATH 3350Statistical Methods3
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1113
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
Select two of the following:7
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Biomedical Sciences Requirements
Anatomy and Physiology8
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
Upper Division BMS Electives: (minimum of 13 credits) *13
Advanced Pathobiology
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
Human Neurobiology Lab
General Parasitology
Biochemistry 1
Experimental Biochemistry
and Experimental Biochemistry
and Endocrinology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Lab
Immunology Laboratory
Foundations in Neuroscience
Advanced Immunology
General Virology
Independent Problems
Independent Problems
Mentored Research Alliance
Environmental Health in Community and Public Health
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
Introduction to Pharmacology
and Biomechanics Laboratory
Introduction to Toxicology
Nutrition for Health Professionals
Cognitive Neuroscience
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
Total Credits80-81

BIOL 3324 Developmental Biology and BIOL 4432 Biochemistry are strongly recommended as these are often required by medical, dental, and veterinary schools.


a minimum of 8 credits in BIOL and at least one lab course

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements (Required General Education credits removed)70
Upper Division Free Electives0
Free Electives13
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)

Master of Science in Biology