Requirements for a MS in Biology

The M.S. program in Biology provides advanced training in numerous biological subdisciplines including ecology, evolution, physiology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, developmental biology and cell biology. This is a research-based program in which all students conduct research and/or fieldwork that forms the basis of an M.S. thesis. The M.S. in Biology prepares students for private and public sector employment as well as for further graduate study.

The MS in Biology requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, including at least 22 credit hours of graded coursework and 6-8 hours of research credit. At least 18 hours of the graded coursework must be at the 700 level or above. Specific courses are selected with the guidance of the student’s major professor and supervisory committee. The only required course is BIOL 863 (Professional Skills and Ethics, 3 credits). Most Biology MS students will graduate in 2-3 years and publish 1-2 papers.