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M.S. in Biological Sciences

The Master of Science (MS) in Biological Sciences provides a training environment to develop science professionals in fields focusing on topics ranging from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) to Biomedical Sciences. Our graduates will obtain research experience, practical knowledge in the biological sciences, and professional development training structured to lead to success in their future professional goals. Our faculty’s research interests and the program training opportunities covers a wide range of topics including Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Epidemiology, Evolution, Genomics, Global Climate Change Biology, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Toxicology, and Virology.

Admission Requirements 

  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. Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Please consult the graduate school website for required scores.

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is optional. 

Degree Requirements

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:3
Select three hours from the following
Seminar in Ecology Evolution
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
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Prof Skills Devel Eco Evo
Rsrch Proposals in Eco Evo
Advances/Evolutionary Theory
Advances Immunological Concept
Advances in Ecological Theory
Physiology of Bacterial Cell
Structure/Funct Macromolecules
Molecular Pathogenesis
Intro Bio I:Basic Seq. Comp.
Intro Bio II: Gene Find/Compar
Aquatic Ecology
Resrch in Biological Sciences
Independent Research
Independent Research
Basic Principles of Toxicology
Gene Regulation
Physiological Regulatory Mech
Cell Physiology
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Molecular Parasitology
BIOL 5398
BIOL 5399
and Thesis
Total Hours30