The Department of Biological Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science or Master of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. The descriptions of these two degree programs are listed below.
Master of Science: Biological Sciences (Thesis)
This program is designed for students who wish to increase their understanding of the life sciences, gain proficiency in teaching and/or research, or plan to continue study toward the Ph.D. degree. The program provides lecture, laboratory, and seminar courses along with learning experiences in research and assisting undergraduate laboratories. Students develop a concentration of studies in consultation with their academic advisor. The M.S. students are required to complete a minimum of 52 quarter hours of credit, up to 16 of which may include research credits. They are also expected to take at least 8 quarter hours of courses in each of the three core areas of study that include: 1) ecology, evolution, and population biology; 2) genetics, cell and molecular biology; and 3) physiology and neurobiology.
Master of Arts: Biological Sciences (Non-Thesis)
This program is designed for students who wish to increase their understanding of the life sciences and gain increased proficiency in teaching. This program is not intended for students pursuing technical and/or laboratory research related careers, or planning to continue study towards the Ph.D. degree. Students that select the M.A. option are required to complete a minimum of 50 quarter hours of credit with 12 quarter hours of study in each of the three core areas previously mentioned for the M.S. program.