Biology
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Overview


There are three options available to students interested in obtaining a MS in Biology from PSU (see below). Typically, MS degrees are obtained within two years of matriculation. Individual master's programs are developed by the student in consultation with her or his faculty advisor and a graduate committee. Areas of study depend on the research interests of individual faculty. A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships become available each year in the Department. These provide a small stipend and valuable teaching experience. Assignments are usually made into the laboratory sections of undergraduate courses. If accepted as a graduate student, you will receive an application for an assistantship with your admission packet of information.

  • Option I - Thesis. A minimum of 30 credit 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 advisor 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 credit 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 advisor 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 credit 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.

Additional information


  • Admission Requirements
  • How to Apply

Students must have completed 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 count certain senior-graduate or graduate level chemistry on the degree requirements upon the recommendation of the advisor.

The application has two phases: an initial application and a final application. For the initial application, the applicant must send a letter of intent, PSU Biology Graduate Admission Application Form, and official transcripts (see below for more details) to biol-graduate@pittstate.edu.

For the final application, the applicant needs to submit other documents asrequired by the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at PSU (see below). The overall procedures of the application is shown below.

Initial Application Procedure:

  • Step 1: Complete the PSU Biology Graduate Admission Application Form. Be sure to indicate which faculty member(s) you would be interested in working with.
  • Step 2: Write a formal “letter of intent” to state your area of research interest, scholarly experience, and academic and career goals. The letter should include at least 250 words. This letter is essential and extremely important for the department to process and consider your application. The application will be processed ONLY AFTER this letter is received.
  • Step 3: Send the letter of intent, PSU Biology Graduate Admission Application Form, and official transcripts together via email or mail to:
    Graduate Coordinator
    Department of Biology
    Pittsburg State University
    1701 S. Broadway
    Pittsburg, KS, 66762
    biol-graduate@pittstate.edu

Note: Only when all documents including your letter of intent, PSU Biology Graduate Admission Application Form, Reference Forms, and official transcripts are received, will your application be processed. No exceptions.

Final Application Procedure:

This should only be completed after being informed by the Department of Biology that your application is complete and that a faculty member has agreed to serve as your advior/mentor.

Application Deadlines

  • For the initial application, applicants send letter of intent, PSU Biology Graduate Admission Application Form, and official transcripts to the Biology Graduate Coordinator.
    • Fall deadline is April 1. Spring deadline is August 15.
  • Department of Biology sends emails to the applicants regarding the result of initial application by:
    • Fall deadline is May 1. Spring deadline is September 15.
  • For the final application, applicants submit (1) the graduate application through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at PSU, and (2) three references using the PSU Biology Graduate Reference Form to the Biology Graduate Coordinator. 
    • Fall deadline is June 1. Spring deadline is October 15.
  • Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at PSU announces the result of final application by emails and mails by:
    • Fall deadline is June 15. Spring deadline is November 1.

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
  • pre-physicians assistant
  • cell and molecular biology
  • wildlife biology
  • fisheries and aquatic sciences
  • botany
  • ecology
  • secondary education

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

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