This certificate program will provide students with graduate level training in biological sciences without the requirement for a thesis or dissertation. The graduate level courses in biological sciences in which the students enroll will increase their knowledge of biology and related fields, strengthen their skills in problem-solving, literature review, and written and oral presentation. These skills will increase their job prospects and make them more competitive for graduate degree programs.

Admission Requirements 

  • A minimum of 12 hours of upper-division undergraduate coursework in biological sciences or a closely related discipline
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Minimal internet TOEFL of 79
  • The GRE is required but there is no minimum GRE score

Applicants will supply the Departmental Admissions Committee with academic transcripts, resume or curriculum vitae, one letter of recommendation, General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable) Degree Requirements- Give a detailed description of degree requirements such as total number of SCH, minimum GPA, etc.

The Graduate Certificate in Biological Sciences is an 18 credit hour program. Students must select a minimum of nine credits of the formal graduate lecture course offerings of the Department of Biological Sciences. The remaining nine credit hours may consist of additional biological sciences graduate level lecture courses, graduate research credits in biology, or a combination thereof. Students are encouraged to attend a Graduate Seminar in Biological Sciences or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, although only one credit hour of Seminar (BIOL 5130) may count toward the Graduate Certificate in Biological Sciences. Only A and B grades in the biology graduate courses are considered passing grades. Biological Sciences Graduate Certificate students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Degree Plan 

Prescribed Electives
Select nine hours from the following:9
Select Adv Topics Biol Science
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Advances/Evolutionary Theory
Advances Immunological Concept
Advances in Ecological Theory
Physiology of Bacterial Cell
Cancer Biology
Structure/Funct Macromolecules
Mechanisms-Cellular Toxicity
Molecular Pathogenesis
Ecosystem Toxicology
Intro Bio I:Basic Seq. Comp.
Intro Bio II: Gene Find/Compar
Post-genomic Analysis
Additional Hours
Select nine additional hours from BIOL 5302; if needed , BIOL 5131 may be selected9
Resrch Biological Science
Total Hours18