Catalog 2010-2012

Biology (M.S.)

This major is available for students seeking an extensive research experience. 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 thesis option only. A minimum of 32 semester hours is required, including a minimum of 21 hours of course work and a maximum of 9 hours of thesis research. A minimum of 18 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Students are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination in defense of their final thesis.

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.



  200/6000-level courses (take one course in at least two of the content areas listed below - prerequisites vary).....6 hours

  Biology: 840:202.....4 hours

  Biology: 840:292.....1 hour

  Research: 840:299.....9 hours

Electives: 100g/5000-level or above (excluding 840:299).....12 hours

32 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