Degree Requirements

Requirements for Biology M.S.

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 (BIO 794, was BIO 4955). The 24 credit hours of formal classroom study must be in graduate level only courses (600 level), which may include up to 4 credit hours of seminar (BIO 552, was 4285) and 6 credit hours of research (BIO 793 was 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. A Thesis Committee will be formed to follow the progress of the candidate and evaluate the final thesis, and administer a final oral examination based on the thesis research. The Thesis Committee will consist of three faculty members, and be chaired by the candidate’s research mentor. The thesis must be acceptable in both scholarship and literary quality. Both a public presentation of the thesis work and a private defense of the thesis are required. To be recommended for the Master of Science degree in Biology, the candidate must receive approval of the majority of the committee members. Not later than three weeks prior to the commencement at which the degree is to be conferred, two copies of the completed thesis suitable for binding and bearing approval of the Thesis Committee must be deposited in the Department of Biology office. The cost of preparation, reproduction, and binding of the thesis is the responsibility of the candidate.

Other specific requirements

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

Requirements for Biology M.A.

Course requirements

Degree candidates 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, was 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.

Other specific requirements

  1. 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.
  2. Successful completion of all requirements must be accomplished within a maximum of 5 years from the time of acceptance to the program.
  3. 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.
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