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Department of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

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Master of Arts in Biology - Health

Master of Arts in Biology, concentration on Health Profession

The Master of Arts in Biology (Health Professions) degree provides a means for a student to focus on breadth of biological studies. This is a non-thesis program for students who are in transition to a doctoral health related graduate schools (e.g., medical and dental schools). This program also assists college graduates successfully matriculating into medically-related graduate programs. Graduates who earn a master's degree in this concentration 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.

Faculty and Degrees
Department of Biology comprises 25 faculty members; all of them hold the Ph.D. or M.D. degree and may serve as a research mentor for M.A. students. The M.A. degree may be undertaken without a thesis. The degree should be completed in three semesters, ideally summer, fall, and spring.

Area of Specialization
The Department offers broad coverage of biology, with opportunities to specialize in a variety of areas. Each graduate student works closely with one or more faculty members, who direct the student's course work and research.

Degree Requirements for MA in Biology (concentration in Health Professions)

  1. Course work-A minimum of 30 semester hours of course work. At least 18 hours of this course work must be at the 5000 level. These 30 hours must include Biometrics (Bio 5412) and 2 semester hours of Research Methods in Biology (Bio 5201).
  2. Courses Outside the Major Field-Ordinarily, all courses used to complete the course requirements must be in Biology. However, appropriate courses from other departments may be taken upon approval of the major advisor and the departmental Graduate Program Director.
  3. Residence Study-A minimum of 1 academic year of study must be undertaken in residence at Baylor.
  4. Research Mentor and Advisory Committee-In consultation with the departmental Graduate Program Director, the student should select one member of the Biology graduate faculty to serve as his/her research mentor. The mentor should be selected as soon as possible, but not later than the end of the first semester of graduate work. The research mentor will oversee the 5V90 research. The student and the research mentor, with approval of the departmental Graduate Program Director, will appoint an Advisory Committee for the student, consisting of at least three members of the graduate faculty in Biology (one of these is the research mentor). This committee should be appointed no later than the end of the first semester of graduate work. The Advisory Committee will be responsible for the evaluation of the exit oral examination at the end of the third (final) semester.
  5. Teaching- All MA students are encouraged to participate in teaching experience approved by the departmental Director of Graduate Studies.
  6. Exit Oral Examination-After satisfactory completion of the required number of courses, the student must take an exit oral examination. This is an open examination, and all members of Advisory Committee and Biology faculty are invited to attend. The exam date, time, and place must be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the examination. The oral examination will last approximately more than 1 hour, and the student will give a presentation on his/her 5V90 research and be tested over the 5V90 topics and basic concepts of biology. At the end of the oral examination, the Advisory Committee will assign a grade of "pass" or "not pass", based upon a majority vote of the Committee. If the student fails the comprehensive oral examination for the MA degree, he or she may take a second examination only with the approval of the department and the Dean of the Graduate School. After two failures, no further examination is allowed, and the student is dismissed from the program.

Representative schedule for a MA in Biology, concentration in Health Professions













BIO5V90 (3 hrs)







BIO5V90 (1 hr)

BIO5V90 (1hr)

Hours total



Relevant Current Graduate Courses

4104 Medical Entomology Laboratory (DE/HR)
4106 Molecular Genetics Laboratory (G)
4107 Laboratory Studies in Cell Physiology (CF)
4108 Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratory (CF)
4123 Laboratory for Parasitology (DE/HR)
4301 Immunology (DE/HR)
4303 Molecular and Medical Biotechnology (CF)
4304 Medical Entomology (DE/HR)
4306 Molecular Genetics (G)
4307 Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry (CF)
4308 Cell and Developmental Biology (CF)
4323 Parasitology (DE/HR)
4330 Behavioral Genetics (G)
4401 General Bacteriology (DE/HR)
4402 Transmission Electron Microscopy (Elective)
4403 Scanning Electron Microscopy (Elective)
4426 Vertebrate Histology (CF)
5100 Seminars in Biology (Requried)
5201 Research Methods in Biology (Requried)
5302 Virology (DE/HR)
5303 Behavioral Ecology (DE/HR)
5306 Molecular Evolution (G)
5310 Advanced Microbiology (DE/HR)
5311 Advanced Genetics Analysis (G)
5399 Exp. Design/Research Communications for Mol. Biologists (Elective)
5400 Population Genetics (G)
5401 Microbial Ecology (DE/HR)
5412 Biometrics (Required)
5425 Molecular Ecology (G)
5380 Integrative Ecophysiology (G)


Department of Biology