Catalog 2010-2012

Biology (M.A.)

Students interested in enrolling in the program must complete an application and be admitted to the program. Applications should include three recommendations and transcripts of undergraduate and graduate credits.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

This major is available on the non-thesis option only. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required, including a 3-credit-hour research paper. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required. This program is flexible and designed to allow students, working with their advisory committee, to tailor a program to fit student interests and aspirations in biology.

Successful completion of a final written comprehensive examination is required.



  200/6000-level courses.....9 hours

    1 course in at least 3 of the 4 content areas (prerequisites vary)

  Biology: 840:202.....4 hours

  Biology: 840:292.....1 hour

  Research: 840:299.....3 hours

Electives: 100g/5000-level or above (excluding 840:299).....19 hours

36 hours


Content areas:

I. 840:240 Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology

II. 840:250 Advanced Physiology and Development

III. 840:260 Advanced Ecology

IV. 840:270 Advanced Systematics and Evolutionary Biology