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Master of Science in Biological Sciences

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Biological Sciences within the School of Life Sciences (SoLS) consists of four sectional research concentrations that reflect the scope of modern biology:  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Integrative Physiology (IP), Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), and Microbiology (MB). The degree is research centered and requires the defense of a thesis that describes a novel research project that can serve as the basis for the publication of at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal. The MS degree in Biological Sciences prepares students for careers in education, government, and industry as well as preparing them for more advanced degrees in the life sciences. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours from a list of core and approved courses within their section.

Learning Objectives

All students graduating with a Masters of Science in Biological Sciences should be able to:

  • Master a critical set of key concepts specific for each sectional concentration.
  • Become familiar with key methodologies specific for each sectional concentration.
  • Comprehend and critically evaluate the current published scientific literature.
  • Engage in scientific research in which the individual can formulate hypotheses, generate high quality data, and evaluate that data for reasonable scientific conclusions.
  • Communicate scientific results effectively in oral presentations to general and specialized audiences.
  • Communicate scientific results effectively in written reports suitable for publication.
  • Instruct and engage students and members of the community at all levels to appreciate the importance of biology in their lives.