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Biology (MS)

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Preference is given to applicants with a clear interest in working in the research laboratory of one of the full-time faculty members in the department. Upon admittance, students must select either the thesis or non-thesis option. Admission requirements to each option are the same.

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours of approved graduate work

Specializations: Cell and Molecular Biology or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Capstone Experience: Journal Article Presentation and 6 credit hours from one of the following options:

  • Thesis option: BIO-797 Master's Thesis Research
  • Nonthesis option: BIO-691 Internship

Course Requirements

Required (9 credit hours)

  • BIO-666 Evolution (3)

  • BIO-683 Molecular Biology (3)
  • BIO-697 Research Methodology in Biology (3)

Statistics (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

  • STAT-612 Statistical Programming in R (3)
  • STAT-614 Statistical Methods (3)

Specialization (12 credit hours)

Complete one of the following specializations:

Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration

Complete 12 credit hours from the following, or other courses as approved by the graduate program director or thesis advisor:

  • BIO-501 Mechanisms of Pathogenesis (3)
  • BIO-505 Introduction to Neurobiology (3)
  • BIO-541 Cellular Immunology (3)
  • BIO-650 Developmental Biology (3)
  • BIO-655 Endocrinology (3)
  • BIO-685 Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIO-687 Principles of Genomics (3)
  • BIO-689 Biotechnology (3)
  • BIO-696 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • CHEM-665 Biochemistry I (3)
  • ISCI-601 Communicating Science to the Public (3)
  • PSYC-613 Neuropharmacology: The Biochemistry of Behavior (3)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Concentration

Complete 12 credit hours from the following, or other courses as approved by the graduate program director or thesis advisor:

  • BIO-623 Ecology (3)
  • BIO-644 Biology of Birds: Introduction to Ornithology (3)
  • BIO-650 Developmental Biology (3)
  • BIO-685 Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIO-687 Principles of Genomics (3)
  • BIO-696 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • CSC-610 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • ENVS-505 Energy (3)
  • ENVS-520 Biogeochemistry (3)
  • ENVS-572 Topics in Conservation Biology (3)
  • ENVS-670 Water Resources
  • ENVS-696 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • ISCI-601 Communicating Science to the Public (3)

Capstone (6 credit hours)

Non thesis Option 

  •   BIO-691 Internship (6 credit hours required)

Thesis Option

  •   BIO-797 Master’s Thesis Research (6 credit hours required)