Post-baccalaureate students are invited to enroll in this unique certificate opportunity. By completing this certificate, students will be qualified to apply for most graduate programs in the biological sciences including medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, and veterinary schools. However, undergraduate coursework requirements for admission into graduate and professional schools can vary; it is prudent to check the coursework requirements for each individual school.
This certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.
University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.
To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.
Additionally, admission into this certificate requires:
- The desire to pursue a career in biological sciences or the health professions (research, medicine, dentistry, teaching, law, etc.)
- A conferred bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.00 or higher
- A completed George Mason University Admissions Application along with a the appropriate application fee
- Two sets of official transcripts from each institution attended
Standardized test scores are not required.
For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.
Some courses can be waived if previously taken during undergraduate training. Substitutions will be recommended where appropriate.
In addition to tuition and the usual laboratory and College of Science fees, a fee of $500 per semester will be assessed to defray the costs of the outside speakers and the additional administrative work associated with this certificate.
- Each student must see an advisor in the Department of Biology prior to registration each semester.
- The program will normally take four semesters to complete for a full-time student.
- It is recommended that students interested in healthcare professions do the following:
Total credits: 63-64
This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.
Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.
To earn this certificate, a student must pass all of the courses listed below with a grade no lower than 'B-' and achieve a GPA of at least 3.40.
Cell Biology, Biostatistics, and Genetics
|BIOL 213||Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)||4|
|BIOL 214||Biostatistics for Biology Majors||4|
|BIOL 311||General Genetics||4|
Additional Upper-level Biology
|Select three additional 300, 400, or 500-level BIOL courses (with the exception of BIOL 310) in consultation with an academic advisor.||12|
& CHEM 213
|General Chemistry I (Mason Core)|
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
& CHEM 214
|General Chemistry II (Mason Core)|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
|BIOL 483||General Biochemistry||4|
& CHEM 315
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
& CHEM 318
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
& PHYS 244
|College Physics I (Mason Core)|
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
& PHYS 246
|College Physics II (Mason Core)|
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
Psychology and Sociology
|Select 6 credits of psychology and/or sociology courses in consultation with the biology advisor.||6|
|MATH 111||Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core) 1||3-4|
|or MATH 113||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)|
Calculus is recommended, but not required.
These seminars will be organized each semester and will feature outside speakers from a wide variety of biologically-oriented professions.