The Master of Science degree program in Biology is designed to provide a broad-based education while developing research skills. Areas of particular interest to the faculty include Anatomy, Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Cell Biology, Conservation Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Population Biology, Physiology, Science Education, and Systematics. Students successfully completing the M.S. program are encouraged to seek doctoral degrees. The program has financial support available in the form of Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships. In order to receive full consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials by February 1 (for fall admission) and July 1 (for spring admission).
The students will choose a major professor by the end of the first semester. To facilitate this decision, during their first semester, students will interview faculty members to determine their research interests and explore the potential for student participation in ongoing research programs. The major professor, in consultation with the student, recommends at least two additional members of the student's advisory committee. Persons from outside the program may also be added. The advisory committee will meet with the student to set up the plan of study based on the student's background and interests. The program must be approved by one of the program coordinators. The student's advisory committee will meet with the student a minimum of once per semester to assess progress, check the plan of study is being followed, make suggestions and provide supervision as needed. The advisory committee's composition is not binding and may be changed upon written justification. It is the student's responsibility to maintain acceptable progress toward the completion of all degree requirements.
Before admission to candidacy, the student must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School and the student's advisory committee. Before graduation, the student must satisfactorily complete a written qualifying examination, preferably near the end of the third semester. One re-evaluation is allowed/ Failure to complete the evaluation satisfactorily will result in removal from the program. The evaluation will include an emphasis on interrelationships, problem-solving, and analysis. Final evaluation involves an oral presentation of the thesis and an oral examination in the area of specialization.
Program Admission Requirements
- Submit a general GRE score
- Have a 3.0 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 system) in their major
- An undergraduate major in the life or physical sciences, with supporting courses in general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry (microbiology concentration will accept one semester of organic and one semester of biochemistry), and one year of physics are preferred
- A course in calculus and/or a course in probability and statistics is recommended
- 2-3 letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf
- At least two of the following Topics courses (selection of the appropriate courses will be made in consultation with the student's advisory committee and/or the graduate coordinator):
- Biol 5100 - Cell/Molecular Biology
- Biol 5200 - Organismal Biology
- Biol 5300 - Ecology/Evolution
- Biol 5400 - Systematic Biology
- Biol 5500 - Biometry
- Biol 5600 - Bibliographic Research (must be taken the first fall semester)
- Biol 5700 - Seminar (students are required to take this course for two semesters, but are expected to attend departmental seminars on a regular basis, regardless of enrollment in the course)
- Biol 5900 - Independent Studies (not to exceed a total of 9 credit hours when combined with Biol 5910)
- Biol 5910 - Research in Biology (not to exceed a total of 9 credit hours when combined with Biol 5900)
- Biol 5960 - Thesis
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Last updated January 24, 2018