Graduate degree

The Biological Sciences Department offers both a thesis and a non-thesis degree track for a Master of Science in Biology. A graduate degree in Biological Sciences allows students to enhance their career marketability and further their education.  Our program has the unique advantage of being part of a rich history of scientific application that includes patent development, deep connections with the leading scientific and technological industries, and innovative solutions to challenging global problems.  

Graduate students in the Department work closely with faculty advisors and other students to design, execute, and interpret experiments that answer basic and applied scientific questions.  We encourage interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations, external partnerships, and participation in regional and national conferences.  Competitively awarded graduate teaching assistantships are available for excellent applicants with an identified faculty mentor.

Research interest areas include:

  • Biomaterials
  • Cell biology
  • Energetics
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Plant evolution
  • Sleep
  • Stem cell biology
  • Toxicology

While courses of study are individualized, they include seminars, laboratory rotations and specialized courses in multiple disciplines. For more information see the departmental Graduate Handbook-December 2020.

Applicants who wish to be considered for financial support as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) must submit the application package by the last weekend in October for the GTA position in the following spring, or by the last weekend in March for the GTA position in the following fall.