The Master of Science degree in Biology focuses on the preparation of a research thesis. Graduates who earn the Master of Science degree should possess an academic background adequate to enable them to proceed into advanced academic (doctoral) or professional (e.g., medical, dental, or other health-related programs) programs, or to enter the work force in an array of biological contexts (e.g., government agencies, environmental consulting, teaching, biological products development and marketing).
Faculty and Degrees
The Department of Biology comprises 25 faculty members, all of whom hold the Ph.D. or M.D. degree and may direct master's thesis research. The M.S. degrees require completion of a thesis. The master's degrees should be completed in 2 years.
Areas of Specialization
The Department offers broad coverage of biology in which this degree can be pursued. Areas of specialization include ecology, population biology, aquatic biology and limnology, genetics, physiology, comparative anatomy and morphology, microbiology, systematics, genetics and molecular biology. Each graduate student works closely with one or more faculty members, who direct the student's course work and research.
Refer to the statement of requirements for the Master of Science in Biology for important information on additional requirements related to teaching, seminar requirements, comprehensive oral exam, and grades.