5-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 5-year program for incoming freshmen:

    • A minimum ACT composite score of 26, with a minimum of 22 in each section, and a minimum of 23 in the Mathematics section.  Or minimum SAT scores: 560 Mathematics, 560 ERW, and 1230 combined.
    • With ACT/SAT scores above: 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.
    • Without ACT/SAT scores: a high school grade point average of 3.6 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 freshmen courses at Detroit Mercy in order to be able to complete both the bachelor and master degrees in five years.

    Qualifications for the 5-year program for current juniors/seniors:

    • Students with a GPA of 3.25 and 95 credit hours may apply for the program near the end of their third year or in the beginning of their fourth year.  Advising discussions should begin in the freshman year.
    • Students must be on-track to complete their undergraduate degree in four years.  Calculus and some ENGR courses should be taken early in the program.  (Some exceptions apply.)

    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.

    To remain in the program, undergraduate students must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA at Detroit Mercy and be progressing steadily toward graduation.



    • 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

    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 a Major in Biology to Master of Environmental Engineering (BS 130 credits + MEnvE 30 credits, nine credits double-counted)

    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 5-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)

    Core Biological Competencies (15 credits)

    • BIO 2600 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (3 credits)
    • BIO 2700 Genetics (3 credits)
    • BIO 2900 Biostatistics (3 credits) (meets core objective B2)
    • BIO 4480 Ecology (3 credits)
    • BIO 4990 Biology and Social Issues (3 credits) (meets core objective IT1)

    Additional Biology Requirements

    • BIO 2710 Genetics Lab (2 credits)
    • BIO 4210 Microbiology (3 credits)
    • BIO 4220 Microbiology Lab (2 credits)
    • BIO 4480 Ecology Lab (2 credits)
    • Upper-level biology electives (BIO 2600-4990) (5 credits)

    Students in this 5-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.


    Optional Concentration-Biology Research

    Please review the catalog page for BS Biology for the Concentration in Biology Research.


Program Contact Information

Stephanie Conant, Ph.D.
Chair of Biology Department
Email: conantsb@udmercy.edu
Office: Life Science 101
Telephone: 313-993-1181

Utpal Dutta, Ph.D., P.E.
Chair of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering Department
Email: duttau@udmercy.edu
Office: Engineering 262
Telephone: 313-993-1040