Requirements for the M.A.DEGREE IN BIOLOGY

Course requirements

Candidates for the Master of Arts Degree in Biology will be required to complete 32 credit hours of graduate study in biology. No more than 4 credit hours of course work at the 2000 level may count toward degree requirements, and these must be approved by the student's Graduate Committee. A minimum of two semesters of graduate seminar must be taken, with a maximum of 4 credit hours counting toward the degree. Students must take Research Techniques (Bio 4025) and one course from each of  the three broad categories of cellular/subcellular, organismal, and superorganismal biology.

Comprehensive examination requirement

The comprehensive examination for the Master of Arts Degree in Biology shall consist of both a written and an oral component. The comprehensive examination will be administered by the candidate's Graduate Committee following completion of all course work toward the degree.

Other specific requirements

  • The candidate for the M.A. Degree in Biology must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above to remain in the program.
  • Successful completion of all requirements must be accomplished within a maximum of 5 years from the time of acceptance to the program.
  • All of the requirements described in this document represent minimum requirements, and it is understood that the Graduate Committee may require additional work to make up for deficiencies in the student's background.