Jul 04, 2022
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.
- All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
- Twenty-four semester hours of undergraduate work in the major field and necessary pre-requisites in the minor field.
Requirements of the Program
- 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.
- 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).
- A thesis based on laboratory or library research may be substituted for six semester hours of course work.
- 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.
- BIO 5472 - Coastal Vegetation Credits,: 5 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5473 - Salt Marsh Plant Ecology Credits,: 4 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5474 - Aquarium Management Credits,: 3-6 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5475 - Comparative Histology of Marine Fishes Credits,: 6 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5476 - Marine Ichthyology Credits,: 6 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5477 - Marine Mammals Credits,: 5 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5478 - Marine Phycology Credits,: 4 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5481 - Marine Invertebrate Zoology Credits,: 5 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5482 - Fauna and Faunistic Ecology of Tidal Marshes Seagrasses and Sandy Beaches Credits,: 5 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5485 - Marine Vertebrate Zoology Credits,: 5 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5486 - Early Life History of Marine Fishes Credits,: 4 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5487 - Marine Ecology Credits,: 5 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5489 - Parasites of Marine Animals Credits,: 6 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5495 - Marine Microbiology Credits,: 5 sem. hrs.
- BIO 5496 - Special Problems in Marine Science Credits,: 1-6 sem. hrs.
- BIO 6524 - Coastal Ecology for Teachers Credits,: 5 sem. hrs.
- BIO 6525 - Marine Sciences for Teachers Credits,: 3 sem. hrs.
- BIO 6528 - Marine Science for Elementary Teachers Credits,: 3 sem. hrs.