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