We offer both research and non-research based degrees. Our primary goal is towards research training; students pursuing a research-based path earn either Ph.D. or M.S. degrees. Students achieving Ph.D. degrees typically continue on as postdoctoral fellows on a career track directed towards academic research and teaching or industrial research.
Overview of Graduate Program
Students achieving M.S. degrees typically continue on as Ph.D. students here or elsewhere or find appropriate positions in education, business, or government. We offer three non-research Professional Masters degrees. The Professional Science Masters Degrees in Bioinformatics and in Biotechnology are both aimed at training students to work with businesses in the scientific contexts of the disciplines. The Professional Masters degree in Teaching (the MAT) is aimed at developing high-quality science teachers in secondary education.
M.S. and Ph.D.
The Department has research strengths in within the areas of Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology (Integrative Biology) including ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental microbiology, physiology, and computational biology (modeling and bioinformatics); Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) including genetics, cancer biology, cell biology and developmental biology; Plant Sciences including molecular biology and genetics, developmental biology, cellular/physiological/ecological responses to the environment. The links above provide more information about these areas. Students working in these areas become trained for careers in research, teaching, and scientific leadership.
Within these programs, students conduct original research under the direction of a research mentor and are expected to publish their results in scientific journals and to present their research accomplishments at scientific meetings. Students are strongly encouraged to broaden their experience by attending our frequent seminars given by visiting scientists, by attending national and international meetings, and by participating in workshops and/or visiting laboratories at other universities or research sites.
We are committed to the goal that our students become excellent scientists and science educators. On entry into the program, students embark on an educational experience, developing a basic knowledge intended to empower each to develop a strong, inquiry-based research program. Each student is guided in this journey by a research mentor, a dissertation committee and the department at large to ensure their success. The Department represents many disciplines, and to accommodate this diversity, the respective graduate training programs are designed to tailor each student's educational experience. Each program has its own educational guide; the choice of program is up to each student, with input provided by their research mentor and dissertation committee.
Non-Research Programs: Professional Science Master / Master in Teaching. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) (Non-Research Based)
This program is administered through the Dept. of Instruction and Teacher Education in the College of Education, and is coordinated with specific disciplines through Department contacts. The M.A.T. degree program is an interdisciplinary program and students in the program have two advisors - a program area advisor and an education advisor. The College of Education faculty advisor for M.A.T. biology students will review your file, conduct an interview, and then forward their recommendation to the graduate school.
Professional Science Master Program in Bioinformatics (Non-Research Based)
The Professional Science Master Program in Bioinformatics is a non-research based program. Graduates from this program will be prepared to serve industries involved in drug design, genetic disease testing, and agricultural biotechnology where skills are needed in computational and statistical methods specific to the analysis of biological databases. Students will also be exposed to management, intellectual property, and public relations issues in science-based business and will be prepared to start or to serve biotech companies at the forefront of the national and global biotech scene.
Professional Science Master Program in Biotechnology (Non-Research Based)
The Professional Science Master Program in Biotechnology is a non-research based program. Graduates from this program will be prepared to start or to serve biotech companies at the forefront of the national and global biotech scene. Students will learn the advanced application of molecular biology techniques, transgenic plant technologies, and cell/tissue culturing and will be exposed to management, intellectual property, and public relations issues in tech-based business.
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Last updated December 15, 2017