Biology, B.A. to Public Health, M.P.H. Accelerated Program

The Biology, B.A. to Public Health, M.P.H. Accelerated Program at Saint Louis University will provide students majoring in biology with a pathway to pursue training in population health. 

Biology majors will apply for acceptance into the accelerated program with the M.P.H. in the fall of their fifth semester of collegiate study. Students can choose any of the following concentrations offered by SLU's M.P.H. program, and take up to 15 credits of coursework, a mix of undergraduate and graduate credits, each semester of senior year. A maximum of 15 credit hours of M.P.H. coursework can be taken during senior year. Students will fully matriculate in the M.P.H. program as graduate students after the conferral of their undergraduate degree. 

For additional information, see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Biology, B.A.

Public Health, M.P.H.

Behavioral Science and Health Equity, M.P.H.

Biostatistics, M.P.H.

Epidemiology, M.P.H.

Health Management and Policy, M.P.H.

Public Health Practice. M.P.H.

To apply, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40, be in their fifth semester of collegiate study, have completed 90 credits toward their undergraduate degree by the end of their sixth semester of study, and must be able to complete their senior year with no more than 15 credits (mix of graduate and undergraduate coursework) in each fall and spring semesters. 

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Students must maintain a 3.4 cumulative GPA each semester of senior year and meet all undergraduate requirements for graduation by the end of their 8th semester of collegiate study. The M.P.H. GPA in year 4 will be monitored by the Undergraduate Public Health Director, and progression toward completion of the undergraduate degree requirements will be monitored by students' Biology Faculty Mentor per normal semester processes.

Upon graduation with the B.A./B.S. in Biology, transcripts will be reviewed by the M.P.H. Program for progression into year 5 of the accelerated program and matriculation as a full graduate student. In year 4, students must earn minimum grades in M.P.H. courses that are consistent with M.P.H. program requirements ("B-" in M.P.H. core courses, "B'' in M.P.H. concentration courses, "C" in M.P.H. electives) in year 4; if a sub-threshold grade is earned, the student will repeat the course per M.P.H. program expectations. If students earn a GPA of less than 3.0 in M.P.H. courses in year 4 (the minimum GPA required to be in good academic standing in the M.P.H. program), then they will be placed on academic probation when they fully matriculate into the M.P.H. program after graduation with the B.S./B.A. in Biology. As with traditional M.P.H. students, these students will be offered support by the M.P.H. program with resources and course planning to help support them in regaining good academic standing.

Note: Per University policies, students remain an undergraduate until the B.A./B.S. in Biology is conferred, and as such, students are not eligible for graduate assistantships or graduate scholarships until they full matriculate as a graduate student in year 5.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
BIOL 1240
BIOL 1245
General Biology: Information Flow and Evolution
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
CORE 1000 Ignite First Year Seminar 2-3
CORE 1500 Cura Personalis 1: Self in Community 1
CORE 1900 Eloquentia Perfecta 1: Written and Visual Communication 3
General Elective 1
BIOL 1260
BIOL 1265
General Biology: Transformations of Energy and Matter
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
CORE 1600 Ultimate Questions: Theology 3
General Electives 5
Year Two
BIOL 3020 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
CORE 1700 Ultimate Questions: Philosophy 3
CORE 1200 Eloquentia Perfecta 2: Oral and Visual Communication 3
General Electives 2
BIOL 3040 Cell Structure & Function 3
MATH 1300X
Elementary Statistics with Computers
or Biometry
CORE 2500 Cura Personalis 2: Self in Contemplation 0
General Electives 9
Year Three
Eligible students formally apply to the Accelerated Program.  
BIOL 3010 Evolutionary Biology 3
Biology Elective 3
CORE 3400 Ways of Thinking: Aesthetics, History, and Culture 3
CORE 2800 Eloquentia Perfecta 3: Creative Expression 2-3
General Electives 3
MPH Program reviews applications, conducts interviews, and notifies students of admission decision.  
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 0-3
Biology Elective 3
CORE 3600 Ways of Thinking: Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
CORE 4000 Collaborative Inquiry 2-3
General Electives 7
Year Four
CORE 3500 Cura Personalis 3: Self in the World 1
Laboratory Elective 1-5
Biology Elective 3-4
MPH Course 2-3
MPH Course 3
Biology Elective 3
MPH Course 3
MPH Course 3
MPH Course 3
General Electives 2-3
MPH Program reviews students for progression to full MPH year  
MPH Course 3
Year Five
MPH Courses 15
MPH Courses 15
 Total Credits153-158

Laboratory Electives

BIOL 3060Cell Structure & Function Laboratory1
BIOL 3100Experiments in Genetics Lab1
BIOL 3260Biology of Plants & Fungi0,4
BIOL 3420Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates0,5
BIOL 3470General Physiology Laboratory1
BIOL 4050Molecular Techniques Lab2
BIOL 4100Natural History of Vertebrates0,4
BIOL 4115Forest Park Living Lab Field Ecology Techniques1
BIOL 4120Field Botany5
BIOL 4130Field Mammalogy5
BIOL 4140Field Ornithology5
BIOL 4160Microbial Ecology and Molecular Evolution4
BIOL 4200Aquatic Ecology0,4
BIOL 4260Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles0,4
BIOL 4280Biology of Fishes0,4
BIOL 4320Cave Biology4
BIOL 4330Spring Flora of the Ozarks4
BIOL 4635Immunobiology Lab1
BIOL 4370Animal Behavior Lab1
BIOL 4440Vertebrate Histology: Structure and Function of Tissues0,4
BIOL 4650General Microbiology Laboratory2