The BA/MS program is a research-intensive combined degree program that provides an accelerated path to the Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Students enrolled in the program integrate laboratory and classroom learning experiences. Normally six years are needed to achieve both degrees (four years for the BA and two additional years for the MS). The combined program can be completed in five years. The BA degree is conferred after the fourth year, and the MS degree is conferred upon completion of the program. BA/MS graduates will have outstanding preparation for entry into the research workforce or for further PhD level education in the biological sciences or related fields.