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.  Please review our Graduate Handbook-December 2020 for a broad overview of our program.  Everything from admission requirements, program objectives, financial assistantships, etc. are covered in the handbook. 

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.

 

Master of Science with Thesis

Specific requirements of the Master of Science Degree with Thesis in Biology include a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, which must include 24 hours of biological sciences coursework to include:

  • BIO SCI 6202 Problems in Applied and Environmental Biology (2.0 LEC)
  • BIO SCI 5010 Graduate Seminar (1.0 RST)
  • BIO SCI 6223 Research Proposal Writing (3.0 LEC)
  • BIO SCI 5099 Graduate Research (6.0 RES)
  • Out of Department Courses (6.0 hours max)

A minimum grade of B is required for each Biological Science course used to fulfill the M.S. degree requirements.

Candidates for the Master's Degree with Thesis will conduct original research, write a thesis on the research conducted, and provide a satisfactory defense of the thesis in a final oral examination.

Non-thesis Master of Science Degree

Specific requirements for the Master of Science Degree with Thesis in Biology include a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, which must include 24 hours of biological sciences course work to include:

  • BIO SCI 6202 Problems in Applied and Environmental Biology (2.0 LEC)
  • BIO SCI 5010 Graduate Seminar (1.0 RST)

No credit hours of graduate research may be applied toward the plan of study. Students in this program are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

For additional information on the application process, funding, and international student processes, please visit the following websites:

Graduate Student Admissions

International Student Admissions

Graduate Student Funding

International Scholarships

FAQs for International Students