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    Mississippi College
  Jul 01, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

Biology (Biological Sciences) M.S.- Non-Thesis Option

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The Master of Science in Biology (Biological Sciences) program is designed to prepare students for a career in private industry or for continued graduate study. For those who have a Class A Standard Educator License, this degree meets the requirement for Class AA Standard Educator License.

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum criteria. Applicants must have completed 24 hours of biology at an accredited institution.
  2. For regular admission an applicant must present an undergraduate record that shows a grade point average of at least 2.50 of a possible 4.0 on all undergraduate work presented from the baccalaureate degree.
  3. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must have been taken not more than two years following the bachelor's degree or not more than five years prior to the entrance date into the program. GRE Requirement: A verbal score of 146-150 (equivalent to 400-450) and a quantitative score of 140-141 (equivalent to 400-450), or one of these scores on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined.


  1. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work with at least one-half of the hours being 6000 level. Twenty-one to 30 graduate hours must be in biology. Up to 9 hours can be taken in graduate-level mathematics, chemistry, computer science and/or physics. Students who are using this degree to meet the requirements for Class AA Standard Educator License may take six hours of graduate level education (EDU) courses as part of their 30 total hours.  Students may not use the following courses to complete the MS Biology degree: BIO 5403 -Vertebrate Histology, BIO 5404 - Pharmacology IBIO 5405 - Pharmacology IIBIO 5410 - Human Gross AnatomyBIO 5412 - Medical Physiology IBIO 5413 - Medical Physiology II, and  BIO 5425 - Human Neuroanatomy.
  2. Students who wish to complete the non-thesis route may not count more than six hours of research toward the MS Biology degree.
  3. Candidates for the MS in Biology must either take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements or complete BIO 6430 - Graduate Seminar.   If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be taken once in the following semester or summer term.




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