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The Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology provides advanced education in experimental molecular, cellular, and organismal biology. The program is designed to prepare students for a professional career in an advanced field of biology. The advanced degree also helps students gain additional background for teaching and preparation for Ph.D. programs and professional schools.  

Graduate Biology Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • GRE scores in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical reasoning at the 50% percentile or above in each category
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Written statement of intent explaining reasons the applicant is applying to the biology program
  • Student does not require any leveling course in mathematics, chemistry or biology

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college of university
  • A 2.99-2.75 cumulative GPA
  • A GRE score in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical reasoning at the 50% percentile above in each category
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Written statement of intent explaining the reasons the applicant is applying for the biology program
  • Student may require leveling courses in mathematics, chemistry or biology if the student has not taken Calculus I, and II, two semesters of organic chemistry, or biology courses in genetics, evolution, cell biology, and/or microbiology, organismal biology, or physiology.
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • One (1) year of positive research undergraduate research experience documented in one of the letter of recommendation
    • A combined GRE score on Verbal Reasoning and Quatitative Reasoning of 310
    • A GPA of 3.0 or above in upper level (3000 level or above) biology and chemisty classes. 
  • The student will need to maintain a B or better in the first 12 hours of classes. 

 M.S. in Biology Degree Requirements – Thesis Option

  • Students are required to complete 30 semester credit hours.
  • Students must take 15-18 hours in Biology, six to nine hours may be in supporting areas of study.
  • The remaining six hours must be earned in independent study leading to an original thesis.

M.S. in Biology Degree Requirements – Non-Thesis Option

  • Students are required to complete 30 semester credit hours.
  • Students must complete six to nine hours of BIOL 6392 Bioresearch to obtain experience in biological research.
  • In the final semester, students must present a seminar covering the results of their work to the Biology Department and their committee.

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