M.S. in Biological Sciences

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Requirements for Admission

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent education at a foreign institution.
  2. Undergraduate degree in Biology or a related field and at least eight (8) semester hours of General Chemistry.
  3. Competitive scores in the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing components of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. Competitive TOEFL score for international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S. or at an English-speaking institution.

Requirements for the Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences

A thesis based on original work is required and must be defended orally. The student should decide on an area of specialization and select a supervising professor within the first semester. The supervising professor will act as chairperson of the thesis committee, which will be comprised of a minimum of three graduate faculty members, including one from outside the Department of Biological Sciences. MS students require 30 credits hours for the degree. They may select up to nine hours of upper-division undergraduate course (3000 and 4000 level courses) as part of the 30 required credits. Six credit hours can be taken in a combination of BIOL 5102, 5202, 5402 (Independent Research) and BIOL 5302, 5502 (Research in Biological Sciences). A degree plan must be submitted by the end of the first semester enrolled and a thesis proposal is due before the beginning of the second year.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MS in Biological Sciences (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Graduate Seminar:
BIOL 5130Seminar (Complete three semesters)3
Graduate Course Work:
Select twenty-one hours from the following:21
Independent Research
Ethical, Soc/Pol Dimensions
Independent Research
Select Adv Topics Biol Science
Resrch Biological Science
Herpetology
Biology of the Pleistocene
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Biogeography
Biosystematics
Ecology of Desert Organisms
Advances/Evolutionary Theory
Ultrastructure
Mammalogy
Advances Immunological Concept
Advances in Ecological Theory
Biostatistics
Physiology of Bacterial Cell
Structure/Funct Macromolecules
Synthesis/Degrad Macromolecule
Mechanisms-Cellular Toxicity
Molecular Pathogenesis
Ecosystem Toxicology
Intro Bio I:Basic Seq. Comp.
Intro Bio II: Gene Find/Compar
Internship in Biological Sci.
Post-genomic Analysis
Genomic Analysis and Assembly
Limnology
Independent Research
Resrch in Biological Sciences
Independent Research
Independent Research
Environmental Pathobiology
Gene Regulation
Physiological Regulatory Mech
Cell Physiology
Membrane Biology
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Biodiversity
Molecular Parasitology
Thesis:
BIOL 5398
BIOL 5399
Thesis
and Thesis
6
Total Hours30