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Master of Science Degree Requirements

Biology, M.S.

Graduate students in Biology may choose among two plans of study, however, Plan III (Thesis) is encouraged. Students pursuing Plan III will be afforded priority in the awarding of a graduate assistantship (GA).

Both plans of study share the same Required Core Courses:

Biology 5000 Methods of Biological Research (4)
Biology 5735 Contemporary Issues in Biology (3)
Biology 5915 Seminar in Biology (1)

Total (8)


Plan I: Coursework (Called ‘Research Literacy Paper’ in graduate catalogue)

  • Research Foundations/Methods course and/or research literacy paper from a graduate course, with the minimum of one advisor/teacher to oversee
  • Research presented in a graduate seminar subject to advisor’s approval
  • Exit exam
  • Course requirements

                  i. Required Core (8)
                   ii. Electives (36)

Total (44)


Plan III: Thesis (includes GA preference)

  • Research Foundations/Methods course
  • Thesis accepted by Graduate Committee and College of Graduate Studies
  • Thesis research presented in graduate seminar
  • Oral thesis exam
  • Course requirements

                  i. Required Core (8)

                  ii. Biology 5990 Thesis (minimum of 6, additional thesis hours may not be credited to electives)

                  iii. Electives (20)

Total (34)


General Curricular Requirements

All Biology MS students must enroll for Biology 5000 the first time it is offered after they are admitted. Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on all graduate courses completed. 

Plan I: Coursework

Semester

Recommended Courses

Credit Hours

First Fall

Biology 5000 Methods of Biological Research

4

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Semester total Credits

8

First Spring

Biology 5735 Contemporary Issues in Biology

3

Biology 5915 Biology Seminar

1

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Semester total Credits

12

Second Fall

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Semester total Credits

12

Second Spring

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Semester total Credits

12

Plan I Total Credit Hours

44

 

Plan III: Thesis

Semester

Recommended Courses

Credit Hours

First Fall

Biology 5000 Methods of Biological Research

4

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Semester total Credits

8

First Spring

Biology 5735 Contemporary Issues in Biology

3

Biology 5915 Biology Seminar

1

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Semester total Credits

8

Second Fall

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Semester total Credits

8

Second Spring

Biology 5XXX graduate elective

4

Biology 5990 thesis

6

Semester total Credits

10

Plan III Total Credit Hours

34