Master of Science in Biology (MS)

To be admitted to MS in Biology:

  1. A candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in biology or related field (related fields such as Botany, Environmental Sciences (with a biology emphasis), Marine Science (with biology emphasis), Marine Biology, Microbiology, Neurobiology and Zoology).  
  2. An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher (on a 4 point scale) and a 3.0 GPA in biology (or related field). If the GPA in biology is between 2.75 and 3.0, the student may be admitted on probation and must earn a B or higher in the first 9 hours of graduate courses in the program. If the overall GPA is below 2.5 or in biology below 2.75 the student will not be admitted.
  3. No GRE will be required for admission to the Master of Science in Biology.
  4. Approval of the graduate committee of the Department of Biology and Chemistry. The decision by the committee will be based on the interests the candidate has in biology and if a graduate faculty member can and will work with the candidate. The candidate’s interest will be determined by the personal statement the candidate writes for admission. The statement should describe what research the student is interested in doing in the program and how working with a faculty member(s) in the Department can achieve this. Students are strongly encouraged to contact potential mentors prior to applying.
  5. Admission to the thesis program will be determined by the acceptance of the student by an advisor. A student’s admission for a thesis can be denied because the student’s interest does not match any research program available. A student can be admitted to the non-thesis but the student will be required to take comprehensive exam to complete the degree.

A candidate applying for the MS in Biology without a degree in biology or related field can be admitted if the candidate takes the required stemwork. The following are normally the minimum requirements as preparation for graduate coursework:

CHEM 1311
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I-Lab
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II4
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I4
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1106
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I-Lab
BIOL 1311
BIOL 1111
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II-Lab
BIOL 1413Principles of Biology III4
BIOL 3406Evolution4
BIOL 3410Ecology4
BIOL 3412Cell Biology4
BIOL 3413Intro to Genetics4

A candidate without a degree in biology must have an overall GPA of 2.5 in their bachelor's program and a GPA of 3.0 in stemwork for the Master in Biology, including chemistry, to be admitted to the program. In addition, the student should give a justification that is accepted by the graduate committee of the Department of Biology and Chemistry why they are seeking a degree in biology. The GPA includes stem work taken before the application and all stem work required by the graduate committee of the Department of Biology and Chemistry to fulfill the requirement.

Major Curriculum -  Biology

Required Courses
BIOL 5290Graduate Seminar in Biology 12
BIOL 5290Graduate Seminar in Biology 12
BIOL 5401Biometry 24
Select 16 semester credit hours from any 5000-level Biology courses except BIOL 5197-BIOL 5697.16
BIOL 5398Thesis I3
BIOL 5399Thesis II3
Total Semester Credit Hours30

To be repeated once when the topic changes to fulfill the requirement of four SCH.


To be taken in the first three semesters of student's graduate work.