Fifth Year Graduate Program Overview



The Department of Biology offers an opportunity to earn a B.S. and an M.S. degree in a total of five years. This program offers qualified students mentorship during undergraduate study and supplements professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, and optometry. The student works closely with a faculty member in an area of intensive research which prepares the student for a Ph.D. degree program in the biological sciences or a future health professions career. It also builds teaching skills for academic careers. Admission to the program requires:

  • a minimum 3.25 grade point average;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • an interview with the admissions committee; and
  • a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination by fall of the senior year.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Stephen Watts, Graduate Program Director, at (205) 934-2045.

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Public Health

The 5th Year Master of Public Health Program provides an exceptional educational experience to undergraduate students. It is our goal to educate high quality graduates who will excel not only in traditional classroom training but also in skills that are gained through problem solving, hypothesis testing, technical skills development, data analysis, data interpretation and professional writing. This University-wide program will allow undergraduate students to receive advanced training in the field of public health.