Courses
M.S. in Biology

Course requirements
Degree candidates for the Master of Science degree in Biology must be full-time students and will be 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 (previously BIO 4955).  The 24 credit hours of formal classroom study must be in graduate level courses only (600 level), which may include up to 4 credit hours of seminar (BIO 552, previously BIO 4285) and 6 credit hours of research (BIO 793, previously BIO 4075). 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 Course Catalog concerning the Thesis and other requirements.

Graduate Assistantships
Full-time M.S. students will automatically be considered for Biology Department teaching assistantships that provide a stipend and a scholarship for tuition and fees. Notice of other fellowships is posted on the department website. 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, previously BIO 4025) and at least one each from two of the three broad categories of cellular/subcellular, organismal, and superorganismal.

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.

CURRICULUM

Please note the new course listings and their previous names in parenthesis.

Core
BIO 550 Research Techniques (BIO 4025)
BIO 550L Research Techniques Lab (BIO 4025)
BIO 552 Graduate Seminar (BIO 4285)

Electives
BIO 793 Research (BIO 4075)
BIO 770 Advanced Topics in Biology* (BIO 4105)
BIO 794 Thesis Research
      * may qualify for one of the groups below

Evolution and Diversity of Life
BIO 601 Animal Behavior (BIO 4115)
BIO 606 Comparative Anatomy
BIO 607 Developmental Biology (BIO 4055)
BIO 609 Ecology (BIO 4135)
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 4145)
BIO 612 Neurobiology
BIO XXX Biophysics
BIO 616 Microbiology (BIO 4065)

Systematic Organization
BIO 603 Biometrics and Modeling
BIO 605 Biomechanics
BIO 613 Plant Pysiological Ecology
BIO 615 Immunology
BIO 617 Systematic Physiology (BIO 4045)