Five-Year Bachelor of Science (Biology) - Master of Environmental Engineering (BS-MEnvE)


The College of Engineering & Science offers a combined Bachelor of Science (with a major in Biology) - Master of Environmental Engineering program. High school students can be admitted directly into this accelerated program.

In order to complete both the BS and MEnvE degrees in five years, the student must (a) be very well prepared as an incoming freshman, ready to take our core Engineering courses, (b) satisfy all the admission criteria (see below), and (c) maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to take graduate level courses while still an undergraduate.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Please review separate catalog pages for BS Biology and Master of Environmental Engineering Program Learning Outcomes.

    Admission Into the Program

    Qualifications for the five-year program for new freshmen:

    • A high school ACT composite score of 26, with a minimum of 22 in each section, and a minimum of 23 in the Mathematics section, or 600 on the Mathematics SAT score and combined Reading and Math of 1190.
    • A high school grade point average of 3.4 overall on a 4.0 point scale, and the same for the combined mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology courses.
    • Students must place into appropriate-level freshman courses at Detroit Mercy in order to be able to complete their bachelor and master degrees in five years.

    Qualifications for the five-year program for Detroit Mercy juniors/seniors:

    • Students with a GPA of 3.25 and 95 credit hours can apply for the program near the end of their third year or in the beginning of their fourth year.
    • Students must be on-track to complete their undergraduate degree in four years.
    • If accepted into the program, students may take up to nine graduate credits in their fourth year that will count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements.
    • In their fifth year, students will be registered as full-time graduate students, which requires that they are registered for at least nine credit hours of graduate-level courses per term. These courses will be charged at the graduate tuition rate.


    • Reduction in the total number of courses required to get both the bachelor and master degrees (students may count nine credits towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements)
    • Ability to take up to nine graduate credits at the undergraduate tuition rate
    • Extension of Detroit Mercy financial aid to include the year of graduate study

    The graduate courses which may be taken during the undergraduate program that can also be applied toward the undergraduate degree requirements must be approved by your academic advisor. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in order to gain credit towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.


    Program Requirements - Bachelor of Science with Biology Major to Master of Environmental Engineering (126 credits)

    In order to qualify to take graduate credit in the fifth year, students must complete the mathematics and engineering courses listed below, by the end of the fourth year.

    Biology students wishing to pursue the Master of Environmental Engineering program who are not in the five-year program may seek admission into the MEnvE on condition of completing the mathematics and engineering courses below before taking graduate coursework.

    Biology Major Courses

    General Biology Sequence (10 credits)

    A grade of "C" or better for each course in this sequence is a prerequisite to all other biology courses in the department for Biology majors.

    • BIO 1200 General Biology I (3 credits) (meets Core C1 with BIO 1210)
    • BIO 1210 General Biology Laboratory I (2 credits) (meets Core C1 with BIO 1200)
    • BIO 1220 General Biology II (3 credits)
    • BIO 1230 General Biology Laboratory II (2 credits)

    Form and Function (5 credits)

    • BIO 4510 Plant Form and Function (3 credits)
    • BIO 4520 Plant Form and Function Lab (2 credits)

    Biological Systems (8 credits)

    Microbiology and Genetics (10 credits)

    Additional Biology Requirements (7 credits)

    • BIO 2200 Research Lab Basics (1 credit)
    • BIO 2900 Biostatistics (3 credits)
    • BIO 4990 Social Issues (3 credits) (meets Core IT1)

    Students in this five-year program must also complete the University Core Curriculum requirements and the following science, engineering, and mathematics courses:

    Required Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (61 credits)

    • MTH 1410 Calculus 1 (4 credits)
    • MTH 1420 Calculus 2 (4 credits)
    • MTH 2410 Calculus 3 (4 credits)
    • ENGR 1000 Engineering Ethics (2 credits)
    • ENGR 1050 Engineering Graphics & Design (2 credits)
    • ENGR 3120 Statics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3140 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3150 Thermodynamics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3333 Sustainable Environments (3 credits)
    • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • CHM 1080 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 1120 Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)
    • CHM 2270 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 2250 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • CHM 2260 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)
    • CHM 2290 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
    • PHY 1600 General Physics I (Calc based) (3 credits)
    • PHY 1610 General Physics Lab I (1 credit)
    • PHY 1620 General Physics II (Calc based) (3 credits)
    • PHY 1630 General Physics Lab II (1 credit)
    • CIVE 5820 Hazardous Waste* (3 credits)
    • CIVE 5840 Environmental Chemistry* (3 credits)
    • CIVE 5860 Environmental Microbiology* (3 credits)

    * These courses count towards both the bachelor and master's degrees.

    For the graduate Environmental Engineering requirements, click here.

    Core Curriculum Requirements

    In addition to the courses required for this program listed above, the student must also fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum for this program.

    Some of these courses may be satisfied by courses in your program.  Please review your Degree Evaluation or consult your academic advisor for more information.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Stephanie Conant
Chair of Biology Department
Office: Life Science 101
Telephone: (313) 993-1181

Dr. Utpal Dutta
Chair of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering Department
Office: Engineering 262
Telephone: (313) 993-1040