Dec 06, 2021
Master of Science (M.S.) Degree
In addition to University requirements for admission, the applicant must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree in biology, in environmental science or in a related field from an accredited institution.
- Submit a satisfactory score from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). NOTE: MS in Environmental Science program no longer requires the GRE for admissions.
- Complete all requirements for admissions to the Graduate School before the end of the first semester of graduate course work. (See “Admission to Graduate School ”)
- Have an overall grade point average of a minimum of 2.6 or a minimum 2.85 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
Admission may be granted for students with less than the minimum grade point average or test scores following a conditional period of 12-15 hours of enrollment in graduate work with no grade below a “B.” Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than biology or environmental science may be required to complete specific leveling courses.
In addition to meeting the above-mentioned admission requirements, international students desiring to pursue the Master of Science degree in biology or environmental science must score a minimum of 550 paper based, or 213 computer based, or 79 internet based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or a minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic test.
Major in Biology
(Major Code: 5102)
The Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences offers students a master of science degree in biology. Department faculty provide opportunities for research (see below) which lead to a degree with thesis. A research-thesis program is recommended for those students planning to continue their education to the doctorate level or for students seeking a career that requires research training in biology. A non-thesis degree program is also available.
Research Concentration Areas
- Arthropod Systematics and Biodiversity
- Wildlife Biology & Conservation Biology
- Genetics (Conservation, Microbial, and Crops)
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Molecular Cytogenetics
- Aerobiology and Allergy
Thirty hours of graduate credit with the following restrictions:
- Not less than 15 hours credit from 6000-level and above courses to include BIOL 6301 and BIOL 6302 (Thesis).
- Not less than 18 hours credit from formal biology courses of which nine must be 6000 level (excluding BIOL 6301 and BIOL 6302 ).
- Not more than 12 hours credit by transfer.
Thirty-six hours of graduate credit with the following restrictions:
- Not less than 18 hours credit from formal biology courses of which 15 must be 6000 level (excluding BIOL 6395 and BIOL 6397 ).
- Not more than 15 hours of credit by transfer.
- Not more than six hours credit from BIOL 6395 and BIOL 6397 .
Graduate assistantships and selected scholarships are available for graduate students.