In cooperation with the E. Craig Wall School of Business, the Department of Biology offers students a unique opportunity to complete both a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in five years (including summer school). This dual degree program is designed to provide students with both a strong science background in the biological sciences and in business administration and will be beneficial to those interested in management level positions in the biomedical and biotechnical areas of the business sector. It will also be valuable to those wishing to become a medical doctor, doctor of dentistry, doctor of veterinary medicine and other related professionals who anticipate managing their own practices.
Admission: There are two points of entry for this program. Entering freshman who wish to complete the program in five years must specifically apply to the Department of Biology for this program. These students should have a high-school grade point average of 3.5 (on a scale of 4.0), earned an 1150 or better on the SAT and placed into MATH 160. Currently enrolled Coastal Carolina University students may also apply to this program and must have a 3.5 overall GPA to be considered.
Program requirements: The program requires that the students complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Science in biology and the Master of Business Administration as outlined in the university catalog. Preparation for entry in the MBA program requires a grade of ‘B’ or better in each of the 24 credit hours of business courses (listed below) that are taken simultaneously with the requirements for the B.S. in biology.
Final entry into the MBA portion of the program: Final entry is contingent on successful completion of the B.S. in biology, completion of the business prerequisites with a grade of ‘B’ or better, and a score of at least 500 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), two letters of recommendation, submission of a resume and the approval of the MBA Admissions Committee.
Curriculum: The biology/MBA degree program requires successful completion of a B.S. in biology. The business courses listed below will constitute a minor in business administration and also satisfy the prerequisites for the MBA (with a grade of ‘B’ or better in each course).