Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to an accelerated bachelor's/master's program and obtain both a B.S. and an M.S. in cell and molecular biology within an accelerated time frame.

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Career Outlook and Opportunities

Though the range varies between $48,410 and $177,840, the median annual wage for biochemists and biophysicists was $91,190 in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. GVSU Cell and Molecular Biology graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Cell and molecular biologist
  • Laboratory director
  • Research scientist
  • Research technician
  • Research technologist
  • Associate scientist
  • Microbiologist

Ninety-one percent of recent GVSU graduates were employed within their first year post graduation.


Students admitted to this program may take graduate courses after completing 90 undergraduate credits, and up to 12 credits of graduate work may be used in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree (in alignment with University policy, a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate work will count toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees).

If students earn at least a grade of "B" in each of these classes, they are granted advanced standing in the master's program and must then complete an additional 23 credits to receive the master's degree.  All other master's degree requirements must be met, including an internship and the graduate capstone.

After completing 120 credits and all requirements for the bachelor's degree, students are awarded a bachelor's degree. A minimum of 23 graduate credits must be completed after the 120 credits for the bachelor's degree are completed (the MS program requires 35 hours).

Note: Please be aware that you will be paying graduate tuition after 120 credits (this is especially important if you are transferring credits from another institution). 

Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements.

Course Offerings


Students with an overall GPA of at least 3.25 may apply to the combined bachelor's/master's program after:

  • Completion of the lower division core requirements: CMB 155/156, BIO 375, 376; CHM 115, 116, 241, 242; MTH 125; CMB 250);
  • 75 hours of academic credit have been completed or are in progress;
  • Completion or registration for CMB 499 or CMB 490.

Visit the online catalog for admission requirements for this program.

Admission Requirements


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.

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