Biological Sciences MS

Upon being accepted for admission into the Graduate School, each student will either select or be assigned an advisor from the graduate faculty within the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. This faculty member will chair the student's advisory committee, which will include at least two additional graduate faculty members, one of whom may be from another department. Courses may be applied to a particular master's degree program only with the approval of the student's advisory committee. Courses taken before a committee is chosen may not be approved by the committee for the student's particular degree program and, therefore, may not apply to the degree. Course selections will be based upon unique student needs as revealed by academic records and career goals. Course selections will include graduate course offerings in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences as well as supporting courses if deemed desirable or necessary from other departments. With committee recommendation, and approval of the Graduate Dean, a maximum of two upper level undergraduate courses may be applied to certain degree programs.

The Biological Sciences MS degree is available on campus or fully on-line.

Master of Science in Biological Sciences - Option I Thesis

The student will complete a minimum of 30 sh.  The program includes: BSC 518 Thesis 6 (sh), plus 24 sh of courses (12 sh of which must be in biological sciences) selected and approved by the student's advisory committee.

Required Course (6 semester hours)
BSC 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement.
Required Core Courses (12 semester hours)
Select 12 semester hours from the following approved courses.
BSC 500Graduate Seminar1
BSC 504Quantitative Biology3
BSC 505Methods in Field Ecology3
BSC 509Microbial Ecology3
BSC 510Community Ecology3
BSC 511Advanced Ornithology3
BSC 512Ecological Genetics3
BSC 513Molecular Genetics3
BSC 514Pharmacology3
BSC 515Adv Cell Biology3
BSC 516Medical Microbiology3
BSC 517GLB/Stem Cell Biology3
BSC 519Advanced Gene Regulation3
BSC 520Advanced Immunology3
BSC 521Epigenetics3
BSC 522Reproductive Physiology3
BSC 523Vertebrate Endocrinology3
BSC 524Endocrine Toxicology3
BSC 525Advance Neuroscience3
BSC 526Developmental Biology3
BSC 527Human Physiology3
BSC 528Case Studies in Endocrinology3
BSC 530Virology3
BSC 531Biogeography3
BSC 532Adv. Behavioural Ecology3
BSC 533Invertebrate Zoology3
BSC 534Vertebrate Zoology3
BSC 535Evolution3
BSC 537Behavior and Conservation3
BSC 538Respiratory Physiology3
BSC 539Herpetology3
BSC 540Animal Behavior3
BSC 550Microbial Physiology3
BSC 560Landscape Ecology3
BSC 561Bioremediation3
BSC 562Ecotoxicology3
Electives (12 semester hours)
Select a total of 12 semester hours from:12
Any 500 level BSC or ENVS course or any 500 level course from disciplines approved by the student's faculty advisor/advisory committee excluding BSC 518 & BSC 595.
Total Hours30

Master of Science in Biological Sciences - Option II Non-Thesis

The student must complete BSC 595 Research Literature and Techniques, plus 33 sh of courses (21 sh of which must be in biological sciences) selected and approved by the student’s advisory committee.

Required Courses (3 semester hours)
BSC 595Research Literature and Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Required Core Courses (21 semester hours)
Select 21 semester hours from the following approved courses.
BSC 504Quantitative Biology3
BSC 505Methods in Field Ecology3
BSC 509Microbial Ecology3
BSC 510Community Ecology3
BSC 511Advanced Ornithology3
BSC 512Ecological Genetics3
BSC 513Molecular Genetics3
BSC 514Pharmacology3
BSC 515Adv Cell Biology3
BSC 516Medical Microbiology3
BSC 517GLB/Stem Cell Biology3
BSC 519Advanced Gene Regulation3
BSC 520Advanced Immunology3
BSC 521Epigenetics3
BSC 522Reproductive Physiology3
BSC 523Vertebrate Endocrinology3
BSC 524Endocrine Toxicology3
BSC 525Advance Neuroscience3
BSC 526Developmental Biology3
BSC 527Human Physiology3
BSC 528Case Studies in Endocrinology3
BSC 530Virology3
BSC 531Biogeography3
BSC 532Adv. Behavioural Ecology3
BSC 533Invertebrate Zoology3
BSC 534Vertebrate Zoology3
BSC 535Evolution3
BSC 537Behavior and Conservation3
BSC 538Respiratory Physiology3
BSC 539Herpetology3
BSC 540Animal Behavior3
BSC 550Microbial Physiology3
BSC 560Landscape Ecology3
BSC 561Bioremediation3
BSC 562Ecotoxicology3
Electives (12 semester hours)
Select a total of 12 semester hours from any of the following approved disciplines:12
Any 500 level BSC course beyond the courses used to satisfy the (21 sh Required Core), ENVS courses, or 500 level courses from disciplines approved by the student's faculty advisor/advisory committee excluding BSC 518 & BSC 595.
Total Hours36

Note:  Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.

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