BS Genetics & Cell Biology + PSM (BS + PSM Program)
The School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB) offers a combined BS+PSM program that will allow high achieving WSU undergraduate students to earn a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Genetics & Cell Biology, and a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree in five years (in the BS + PSM program). Students will apply to the Graduate School early in the spring of year 3 and if successful, will be admitted to the program in the spring of year 4 (senior year). Admission to the BS+PSM program will be determined based on the SMB PSM application, grade on a Cumulative Exam* and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. Students admitted to the BS+PSM program will graduate with the BS degree in the Fall semester of year 4 with 120 credits, and will graduate with their PSM degree after 3 more semesters of study (minimum of 30 credits). The PSM courses can all be earned on the Pullman campus or online.
The Cumulative Exam* is a measure of mastery, application and synthesis of content covered in BIOL 107 and MBIOS 301, 303, 304 and 305.
Please see below for a proposed schedule and important footnotes. For further information on the degree requirements and the cumulative exam, contact Dr. Norah McCabe, PSM Director.
Year 1 (34 credits)
MATH 106/108 (5 cr); UCore (3); CHEM 105 (4 cr); UCore (3 cr)
MATH 140 or 171 (4 cr); BIOL 107 (4 cr); CHEM 106 (4 cr); UCore (3 cr)
CHEM 345 (4 cr) or PHYS 101 (4 cr)
Year 2 (37-39 credits)
BIOL 106 (4 cr); CHEM 345 or PHYS 101 (4 cr); UCore (3 cr); STAT 412/MATH 212 (3 or 4 cr) MBIOS 499 (2-3 cr)
MBIOS 301 (4 cr); PHYS 102 (4 cr); MBIOS 303 (4 cr); UCore (3 cr); MBIOS 499 (3 cr)
MBIOS 305 (3 cr)
Year 3 (33 credits)
MBIOS 304 (3 cr); MBIOS 404 (3 cr); MBIOS 423 (3 cr); UCore 3 cr); MBIOS 499/495 (3 cr)
MBIOS 442 (3 cr); Elective (3 cr); MBIOS 402 (3 cr); UCore x2 (6 cr); MBIOS 499/495 (3 cr)
*NOTE: At the beginning of the spring semester the student will apply to the WSU Graduate School and complete the Cumulative Exam. If successful, the student will be admitted to the program in spring of year 4.
Year 4 (22 credits)
FALL (Graduate with BS degree)
MBIOS 494 (3 cr); Electives (6 cr); Lecture Elective (3 cr); MBIOS 583 (1 cr-GRAD); MBIOS 503 (3 cr-GRAD)
SPRING (Admitted to PSM degree)
MBIOS 578 (3 cr); Communication Core (3 cr); MBIOS 701 (1 cr); MBIOS 501 (3 cr)
Year 5 (19-21 credits)
Business Focus Core (3 cr); Ethics Core (2-3 cr); MBIOS 513 (3 cr); MBIOS 701 (1 cr)
SPRING (graduate with PSM degree)
MBIOS 701 (2 cr); Management Core (3 cr); Professional elective (3 cr); Science Elective ( 2-3 cr)
NOTE: Fall semester of year 4 is a hybrid semester with undergraduate and graduate courses. Students will graduate with at the end of fall semester (December of fourth year) with BS Genetics & Cell Biology degree. Students will request that 4 graduate credits from the fall be applied to the PSM. To graduate with the BS, a student will need 120 credits, so an additional 2 or 4 credits are required. These may be obtained with transfer credits through Running Start, AP or IB or through Summer Session courses.
NOTE: Degree substitutions will be made on the Undergraduate Program of Studies for MBIOS 401 and 478 since these will be taken at the graduate level.