Courses
M.S. in Biology

Course requirements
Degree candidates for the Master of Science degree in Biology are full-time students and required to complete 30 credit hours of graduate study in biology.  All candidates will be required to complete 24 credit hours of formal classroom study and 6 credit hours of thesis research in BIO 794.  The 24 credit hours of formal classroom study must be in graduate level courses only (600-700 level), which may include up to 4 credit hours of seminar (BIO 552) and 8 credit hours of research (BIO 793). Seminar participation is required during each semester of enrollment.

Thesis requirement
Degree candidates for the Master of Science Degree in Biology will be required to complete a research problem in their area of specialization and to publish their findings in thesis form. Please refer to the Graduate Handbook concerning the thesis and other requirements.

Graduate Assistantships
Full-time M.S. students apply for Biology Department teaching assistantships that provide a stipend and a scholarship for tuition and fees. Other types of financial support may also be available and students will be informed of their availability upon acceptance. Students seeking financial support are encouraged to apply by March 1 or earlier for the fall semester.

M.A. in Biology

Course requirements
Degree requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Biology will be required to complete 32 credit hours of graduate study in biology.  A minimum of two semesters of seminar must be taken, with a maximum of 4 credit hours counting toward the degree.  Students must take Research Techniques (BIO 550) and at least one each from two of the three broad categories as listed belowl.

CURRICULUM
Courses offered subject to change; see the catalog for most current listings. 

Core
BIO 550 Research Techniques
BIO 550L Research Techniques Lab
BIO 552 Graduate Seminar

Electives
BIO 793 Research
BIO 770 Advanced Topics in Biology*
BIO 794 Thesis Research
      * may qualify for one of the groups below

Evolution and Diversity of Life
BIO 601 Animal Behavior
BIO 606 Comparative Anatomy
BIO 607 Developmental Biology
BIO 609 Ecology
BIO 614 Plant Systematics
BIO 619 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 620 Bioinformatics

Cell Structure and Function

BIO 602 Advanced Cell Biology
BIO 604 Biochemistry
BIO 608 Histology
BIO 610 Light and Electron Microscopy
BIO 611 Molecular Genetics
BIO 612 Neurobiology
BIO XXX Biophysics
BIO 616 Microbiology

Systematic Organization
BIO 603 Biometrics and Modeling
BIO 605 Biomechanics
BIO 613 Plant Pysiological Ecology
BIO 615 Immunology
BIO 617 Systematic Physiology