Biology
Master's Degree

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Master's Degree

The Biology Department supports a master's degree program that provides facilities, equipment, and experiences in teaching and research.

The faculty are dedicated to the University and the Department, but most importantly, to our students. Biology is best learned as a "hands-on" science.

Options available in our master's program: 

  • Option I - Thesis. A minimum of 30 hours including BIOL 801 Introduction to Research, at least one hour in BIOL 800 Seminar and BIOL 890 Research and Thesis (4-6 hours) is required. With the approval of the adviser and chairperson, up to nine hours may be taken outside the Department of Biology. All full-time graduate students are required to attend graduate seminar when offered.
  • Option II - Problem. A minimum of 32 hours including BIOL 801 Introduction to Research, at least one hour of BIOL 800 Seminar and BIOL 891 Research Problems (3-6 hours) is required. With the approval of the adviser and chairperson, up to nine hours may be taken outside the Department of Biology. All full-time graduate students are required to attend graduate seminar when offered.
  • Option III - Professional Masters: This option is intended for science professionals (e.g. those entering or currently serving as in-service teachers, and those in environmental/ ecological/ biotechnological careers) who need more experience in their areas of biological science and more focused preparation for work outside of their academic advancement. Requirements: A minimum of 36 hours. BIOL 800 Seminar (1 hour), BIOL 801 Introduction to Research (3 hours) with a grade of B or better, BIOL 803 Biometry (3 hours), BIOL 892 Professional Experience (3 hours) is required.

Students who begin work in biology for the degree of Master of Science must have completed a minimum a BS in Biology with at least 25 hours of acceptable undergraduate courses in biology. These should include fundamental courses in botany, ecology, zoology, genetics, microbiology, and physiology.

A cumulative total of 13 hours of chemistry, including organic chemistry, is required. However, a student may apply certain senior-graduate or graduate level chemistry on the degree requirements upon the recommendation of the adviser.

Additional information


  • About Master's Degree
  • Career Options

Typically, the degree is obtained within two years of matriculation. Individual master's programs are developed by the student in consultation with her or his adviser and a graduate committee. Areas of study depend on the research interests of individual faculty.

A four-year degree qualifies students for a variety of jobs, but having an advanced degree can mean better-paying, more specialized careers. Those can include:

  • Cellular biologist, including those who teach medical microbiology, molecular genetics, and immunology
  • Pharmaceutical labs
  • Cosmetic companies
  • Vaccine supply firms
  • Forensic scientist
  • Arborist
  • Laboratory geneticist
  • Genetic counselor

About Biology Department


We have undergraduate programs covering the range of modern biology including pre-health (pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-vet, pre-optometry), pre-physical therapy, medical technology, cell and molecular biology, field biology and environment, ecology and organismic biology, and secondary education.

There are over 400 students in the undergraduate program and about 20 in the graduate (masters) division.The Department has 15 full-time faculty with a wide range of interests. The faculty are dedicated and committed to the University and the Department, but most importantly, to the students. Most faculty are actively engaged in research activities, national professional organizations, and in professional service.

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