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 M.S. 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.
Cellular and Molecular Biology Track
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Track
Integrative Physiology Track
Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics Track
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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.
Master of Science - Biological Sciences
Plans of Study
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School of Life Sciences
Life sciences involves studies of living organisms and their life processes, including their evolution, and their relationships with other living organisms and our planet. Courses and programs are designed for those students pursuing professional careers in medicine, science, and science education.
College of Sciences
The College of Sciences provides students a solid foundation in natural, physical, and mathematical sciences for a successful career in the sciences and other professional programs.