Curriculum for (MS) in Biological Sciences

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The Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences is designed to prepare students for further advanced study in Biology, to expand the scientific backgrounds and competencies, and to advance the careers of persons in industry, government agencies, and other related positions. The degree requirements include and emphasize a research thesis based on individual laboratory or field study in Biology. The program requires 30 credits and is designed to allow completion over a three-year period on a part-time basis.

Course Requirements:


Course # Course Name Graduate Credit Hours
BIOL-505 Experimental Design and Bio-Statistics 3
BIOL-520 Cell Biology 3
BIOL-521 Molecular Biology 3
BIOL-590 Professional Development Workshop I 2
BIOL-591 Professional Development Workshop II 1
BIOL-535 Current Techniques in Biology 3


Two Electives
BIOL-690 Thesis Research I 3
BIOL-691 Thesis Research II 3
Select one from below:
Biological Mechanisms - 3 credits
Advanced Biochemistry - 3 credits
Bioorganic Chemistry - 3 credits


Total credit hours for graduation: 30 (24 course credits + 6 research credits)

Allowed electives (3 credits each):

Any graduate course offered in the Department of Biological Sciences or, any of the below graduate courses*:


Environmental Chemistry
CHEM-562 Chemical Toxicology

Computational Methods (or equivalent)

AGRI-504 Population Biology
AGRI-642 Advanced Wildlife Biology
AGRI-643 Marine Biology
AGRI-644 Wetlands Biology
NTRS-502 Habitat Management: Theory
NTRS-503 Habitat Management: Practice


*And other "biological course approved by Research Advisor and Department Chair