Fall - July 1
Spring - November 25
The Master of Science in Biology requires 30 credits. For the degree, students may choose between two tracks: the general biology track and the biotechnology track.
Students in both tracks are required to conduct a research-based thesis. As soon as possible but before completion of 15 credits, all students will assemble their Master’s Committee. The student's committee will consist of at least three members, two of whom must be faculty in the Department of Biology, one of whom will be the student's primary advisor and be responsible for guiding the student through the program. Students may choose a primary advisor outside the Biology Department upon approval of the Program Coordinator.
The Master of Science degree program in Biology is designed to provide research training and experience in the discipline of biology and allow students to specialize in such areas as biotechnology, molecular/cellular biology and evolution, ecology, and behavior. The program is an appropriate foundation for students whose current goal is a terminal master’s degree as a credential for laboratory or field research and for students who intend to continue to study toward a doctorate program.
The program prepares students for careers in the expanding fields of molecular biology, genetic engineering, conservation biology, and biotechnology. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct research, to evaluate the research of others, and to write and speak effectively in scientific fields. The program opens the door to careers in clinical and research laboratories, industry, teaching, science writing, and in governmental agencies in the fields of health, environment, and parks.