Degree in Three Program

This accelerated degree program provides an opportunity for outstanding, highly motivated students to complete their bachelor's degree in three years rather than the traditional four. Students who graduate from this program will be able to enter graduate or professional school early, get a job for a year before seeking advanced degrees, or complete a service/mission trip for a year. This program is available to biology majors holding a variety of career or post-graduate study interests.


  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.6
  • Must be able to place into Math 113 (trigonometry) or higher
  • Take 24 credits outside of the normal fall/spring curriculum.
    • Credits may be awarded based on college coursework or exams taken in high school, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or CLEP exams, or other dual credit programs (ex. WI ECCP, MN PSEO, etc.). Retroactive Spanish credits may also fulfill some of these credits upon successful completion, at Viterbo, of the next course in the sequence.
    • Summer coursework may be necessary and may be taken at other institutions with prior approval.

How to Apply

Applying for the degree in three program is easy:

  • Complete an application for admission to Viterbo University
  • Notify Admissions of your interest in pursuing the Biology Degree in Three program to discuss the opportunity and develop a sample three-year course plan. Admissions can be contacted at 608-796-3010 or

Application Deadlines

  • Priority application date is Jan. 15 to be both admitted to Viterbo and to have notified Admissions of your interest in pursuing the Biology Degree in Three program.
  • Jan. 15 also coincides with the annual deadline for new incoming first-year students to apply for the Health Science Scholarship. Students eligible for the Biology Degree in Three program are also strongly encouraged to apply for the Health Science Scholarship Competition. More details on the scholarship, competition, and the scholarship application process are at

If you have questions about this program or the application process, please contact Admissions at 608-796-3010 or