To be admitted into the 5-year BS/MS program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • AP Biology score of 4 or 5, or 8 hrs of college level general biology
  • SAT I combined math and verbal score above 1400
  • A strong letter of recommendation from a science teacher in high school, preferably one who taught AP Biology
  • An interview with the Admissions Committee. The admissions committee is a three-member committee consisting of the Chair of Department of Biology, the Chair of the Biology Graduate Committee, and Director of the BS/MS Program
  • Students may enter the program before starting their second year as a a biology major after completing biology courses at least through General Biology II.
  • Students participating in this degree also may enroll in the Honors Program

Successful continuation in the program will require:

  • A 3.0 cumulative average and science course average. Failure to maintain this average will result in a one semester probation period during which time the student must improve the GPA to a 3.0
  • Strong letters of commendation from each of the faculty evaluators in whose labs the students rotated during the first two years in order to begin thesis research
  • Successful completion of the written and oral thesis proposal typically by the end of the student's seventh semester

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The undergraduate Major in Biology at Villanova

The undergraduate Minor in Biology

Villanova's affiliated programs in the Health Professions

The undergraduate program features advanced course work that provides exposure to the primary literature and research in diverse areas of faculty expertise. Qualified students are encouraged to undertake research with mentors who are teacher-scholars in a variety of biological subdisciplines.