Saint Louis University
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program (ABM)

Undergraduates at SLU have the opporutnity to pursue an accelerated path to complete both a bachelor's degree in a related field (biology, biochemistry, computer science, mathematics) and the Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Three significant advantages are:

  • You may apply to the the accelerated program in the Spring of your Junior year (and do not need to take GREs)

  • You will be able to "double count" up to 6 hours of coursework simultaneously toward your undergraduate and graduate degree requirements

  • You will be able to begin some of the graduate coursework during your final undergraduate year


Bachelor's in Biology, Biochemistry, Computer Science or Mathematics
M.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Career in St. Louis Biotech sector, one of the nation's largest and fastest growing

Curriculum

Freshman/Sophomore/Junior Years Senior Year Final Year
Foundational courses in biological and computational science Finish undergraduate major and
6 hours of graduate coursework that counts towards both degrees
Complete graduate requirements;
Internship

Sample schedules

Accelerated program starting with B.A. in Biology
Accelerated program starting with B.S. in Biology
Accelerated program starting with B.A. in Biochemistry
Accelerated program starting with B.S. in Biochemistry
Accelerated program starting with B.A. in Computer Science
Accelerated program starting with B.S. in Computer Science
Accelerated program starting with B.A. in Mathematics
Accelerated program starting with B.S. in Mathematics (pending approval)

Applying

Interested students may apply the the ABM program in the Spring of your junior year. The application form, and additional guidelines about the College's policy on Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's programs, can be found on the Graduate Student Resrouces section of the College website. For additional infomation or to plan a personal schedule, contact the BCB Program Director.

Students must submit a personal statement and three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from faculty members at SLU. At the time of application, successfuly candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their STEM courses, and will have completed or be in the process of completing the following courses or equivalents:

  • Biology
    • BIOL 1240/1245, Principles of Biology I + lab
    • BIOL 1260/1265, Principles of Biology I + lab
    • BIOL 3020 or 3040, Molecular/Cellular Biology
    • BIOL 3030, Genetics

  • Chemistry
    • CHEM 1110/1115, General Chemistry I + lab
    • CHEM 1120/1125, General Chemistry II + lab

  • Computer Science
    • CSCI 10xx, Introduction to Computer Science
    • CSCI 1300, Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
    • CSCI 2100, Data Structures

  • Mathematics
    • MATH 1510, Calculus I
    • MATH 1520, Calculus II
    • MATH 1660, Discrete Mathematics

  • Statistics
    • a course, such as MATH 1300 or MATH 3850