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.
Minimal admission requirements to the Biology Department include a demonstration of academic proficiency and English proficiency. Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee admission.
II.A demonstration of Academic Proficiency requires:
- An Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better
- A Biology GPA (minimum of 18 hours) of 2.5 or better
- Two of the following must also be provided with an application for to be considered for admission.
- A grade of “B” or higher in a collegiate level Cell Biology, Genetics or Ecology courses; as indicated on the student’s academic transcript.
- GRE score (minimum Verbal score of 145 and minimum Quantitative score of 145 or the 10th percentile in each category, whichever is greater), or MCAT score (490 or higher), or DAT (score of 15 or higher). The submission of a standardized test score is not required for admission but may be submitted in support of an application.
- Two letters of recommendation supporting science academic abilities
II. A demonstration of English Proficiency requires at least one of the following:
- ILETS (score of 6 or better)
- TOEFL (score of 550-paper based, 213-computer based, or 80-internet based)
- Intensive English Program (IEP) completion
- Verbal GRE (minimum score of 145 or the 10th percentile whichever is higher), or MCAT score of 490 or higher, or DAT score of 15 or higher)
- Six credit hours of non-remedial English from a US regionally accredited university. Students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in all credit hours in this category to be considered.
Students applying from one of the approved countries listed below may be exempt from providing evidence of English Proficiency.
Approved Countries include:
Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada (except Quebec region), Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands - St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas
REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
- Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work with at least one-half of the hours being 6000 level. A minimum of twenty-one 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 I, BIO 5405 - Pharmacology II, BIO 5410 - Human Gross Anatomy, BIO 5412 - Medical Physiology I, BIO 5413 - Medical Physiology II, and BIO 5425 - Human Neuroanatomy.
- Students who wish to complete the non-thesis route may not count more than six hours of research toward the MS Biology degree.
- 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.