The Department of Biology offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (MSc) with options in Molecular & Cellular Biology, Exercise Science, and Ecology & Evolution. Graduate students pursue coursework in biology and one other science discipline (e.g., physics, chemistry, mathematics), providing students with a diverse curriculum and an understanding of how various science disciplines relate to each other. This interdisciplinary program offers students a broad science education with few restrictive requirements compared to traditional graduate science programs. It allows for development of a plan based on individual needs.
Regular admission to the MSc program requires that the student meet the following requirements:
- Must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University.
- Must have completed 40 credit hours in natural and physical science and mathematics courses.
- Must have completed two semesters of Calculus or one semester of Calculus and one semester of statistics.
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Applicants must apply online and submit a cover letter, resume, GRE scores, all previous transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
- Completed applications must be received for review February 1.
- A completed sponsor form.
Under certain circumstances, applicants not meeting the criteria for admission as a regular degree student may be recommended by the faculty for admission as a 'provisional admissions' student. The department may assign course work and/or examinations that must be taken to make up deficiencies. When the conditions for regular status are met, the program advisor will reclassify the student to regular status.
- Up to 12 credit hours of appropriate course work with a grade of B or better and earned at UCCS may be requested for transfer into the MSc program. These credit hours are computed into the students’ graduate GPA.
- Up to 9 credit hours of appropriate course work with a grade of B or better and completed at an institution other than UCCS may be requested for transfer into the MSc program. These credit hours are not computed into the students’ graduate GPA.
Students must complete 30 credit hours of coursework:
- 6 hours of thesis
- 24 hours of coursework taken at the 5000-level.
- Courses must be selected from at least 2 departments participating in the MSc program.
- Courses must be taught by a member of the Graduate Faculty.
- Students must complete research leading to a thesis.
- The student must enroll in Biol 5010, Graduate Seminar, his/her second semester in the program.
- The student must choose an academic advisor, an advisory committee and complete an Admission to Candidacy form by the end of his/her first semester of residence.
- The advisory committee shall consist of at least 3 members of the UCCS graduate faculty. One faculty member may come from outside the Department of Biology.
- The advisory committee will guide the student in formulating his/her course of study and will advise the student with his/her research.
- At the end of one year in the program the student will present their thesis proposal as a formal, open seminar.
- At completion of the thesis, the student will present his/her research to the community in an oral seminar open to the public.
- The student will defend his/her thesis research before his/her advisory committee.
- Publication of the research is encouraged.
The Sponsor and Sponsor Agreement
- The Sponsor is any faculty member on the Graduate Faculty that agrees to function as a Major Advisor and mentor to the student during their tenure as a graduate student. The Sponsor Agreement form must be signed by both student and Sponsor.
Sponsorship Form - This signed form is required for consideration to entrance into the MSc Program in Biology. Students should interview several faculty members of the department regarding their interest in the MSc program to identify a sponsoring faculty member and a possible research project. This sponsoring faculty must be a member of the Department of Biology and must be appointed to the Graduate Faculty at UCCS.
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Last updated January 26, 2016