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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Biological Sciences


Degree Programs

Master of Science (MS)

How to apply

The MS degree in Biological Sciences involves a combination of course work and original research. A major strength of the program is the emphasis on research beginning in the first year. Nearly all students publish their work in a scientific journal. A student who completes the degree is in a strong position to pursue a range of postgraduate opportunities, including a career in a biotech, academic or government lab or agency, or continued studies in a professional or PhD program.

The program requires two years of research and course work. In consultation with the adviser and Thesis Committee, the student develops a plan for independent research that culminates with a written thesis, public seminar and oral thesis defense.

Requirements for completion of the MS degree

The MS degree requires 45 quarter hours of graduate coursework and research credit with successful completion and defense of the MS thesis. Students select curriculum and research in either Cell & Molecular Biology or Ecology & Evolution.

Research Areas

The program offers research opportunities that coincide with faculty research and expertise.  Visit the Research webpage to learn more.

General Expectations

Graduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and make adequate progress on research as assessed by the major adviser and Thesis Committee. All graduate students are required to attend departmental seminars. In addition, students who are supported by a GTA position are expected to fulfill all obligations required of the GTA appointment.