College of Science and Health > Academics > Biological Sciences > Combined Degree Programs
The Department of Biological Sciences offers two combined degree programs:
Combined Bachelor's + M.S. degree program
The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and MS degree programs.
Students apply to this program in spring of their junior year. Applicants should have the support of a faculty member that will serve as their research mentor in the MS program. Information on potential research mentors can be found at our Biology Faculty and Staff page.
In addition, applicants will need to submit a copy of their transcripts, a letter of recommendation from the potential research mentor, and a personal statement highlighting their professional interests, experience, and plans. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is expected. Interested students should meet with the Graduate Program Director to learn more.
Visit our Biological Sciences (MS) program page for more information.
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TEACH Combined Biological Sciences Bachelor's + MEd program
The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The TEACH Program combines a College of Science and Health (CSH) undergraduate Biology major or some other disciplinary major with a graduate level College of Education (COE) Master of Education (MEd) Program. Students graduate with a BS in their CSH disciplinary major and a MEd in Education with a State of Illinois Secondary Biology Certification.
Students may apply to the TEACH Program during the spring of their junior year. They must enroll in the Junior Year Experiential Learning course, TCH 320
, and meet other application criteria; these include completion of at least 16 quarter credit hours at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA. During their senior year, students are required to complete a TEACH Program capstone course, TCH 390, and three 400-level courses that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees:
This combined degree program of the College of Science and Health and the College of Education was collaboratively developed, and is governed and taught by faculty from these units.
The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during Spring quarter. Upon graduation and the fulfilling of State of Illinois licensure requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be licensed to teach Biology at the 5th-12th grade levels.
A full description of the TEACH Program can be found here. Students interested in the TEACH Program should consult with the designated TEACH Program advisor in their home department.