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    Mississippi College
  Jul 04, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

Biology, M.C.S.

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This degree is designed for the person who wishes to pursue a program of graduate study, which will provide added depth in a major as well as supporting information in related fields. For those who have a Class A Standard Educator License, this degree meets the requirement for Class AA Standard Educator License.

Admission Requirements

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. Twenty-four semester hours of undergraduate work in the major field and necessary pre-requisites in the minor field.

Requirements of the Program

  1. The major shall consist of a minimum of 18 semester hours and a maximum of 21 semester hours in biology or chemistry. Students electing a major in biology may not use CHE 5470 - Historical Foundations of Chemistry  to complete degree requirements.
  2. The remaining 9 to 12 semester hours may be chosen from biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics or physics, but with no less than 6 semester hours in any subject area chosen. Students who are using this degree to meet the requirements for Class AA Standard Educator License may take EDU 6535 - Curriculum Development  (3 semester hours) and EDU 6504 - Research — Methods and Procedures  (3 semester hours).
  3. A thesis based on laboratory or library research may be substituted for six semester hours of course work.
  4. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.C.S. must take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. If applicable, the oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be taken once in the following semester or summer term.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Mississippi College is one of thirty senior colleges and universities affiliated with the University of Southern Mississippi, Institute of Marine Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) located at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Mississippi College students participating in the Master of Combined Sciences or Master of Education in Sciences programs may elect to take a maximum of twelve semester hours of biological sciences selected from the courses listed below or other approved courses. Each of these is offered only during the summer program at the laboratory. Many courses at GCRL are offered only in the summer. For more information, see the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

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