College of Science and Health > Academics > Biological Sciences > Graduate Programs > Biological Sciences (MS) > Degree Requirements
50 hours of graduate credit including:
Graduate students are also required to attend all of the seminars presented in the department’s Seminar Series.
Graduate students may take between 16 and 20 hours of research credits. Students electing to take 16 hours of research can fulfill the degree credit hour requirement by taking an additional course from any of the core areas, or the elective course BIO 406
BIO 490, as appropriate, may also be approved in one of the three core areas.
BIO 406 can be taken as an elective.
Based upon the results of a qualifying examination taken near the end of the third quarter of the student’s first full year and earning grades of B or better on graduate courses taken during the first year. Participation in undergraduate laboratory instruction is strongly encouraged.
Results based upon an independent laboratory investigation.
An oral examination, including presentation of a seminar based on the MS thesis research, and a period of questioning on the thesis, the area of research which the thesis addresses, and basic biology as it relates to the thesis area.