Degree Programs - Graduate

The Department of Biology offers three options for graduate students, depending upon your needs.

Master of Science Degree in Biology (M.S.)

This is a program designed to train the modern biologist and is divided into two potential tracks based upon student needs and program availability.

Thesis Option

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Resident students conduct original research and generate a thesis. The thesis should result in a manuscript that makes a significant contribution to their field and demonstrates that the student is capable of doing original research and presenting the results in a clear and concise manner. The student presents this work in a public seminar and then defends it before a faculty committee at the end of his or her program.

Non-thesis/Distance Option   

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The M.S. non-thesis option is designed primarily for non-resident students who would like to acquire greater expertise in modern biology. In lieu of a thesis defense, students completing this option are required to pass a comprehensive examination that covers material from their coursework.  This option is ideal for professionals in select biology-related fields who are currently engaged in research or do not require research for their profession.

Master of Science Education Degree in Science/Math Education

This program is designed for middle and high school math and science teachers who want to expand their knowledge of both content and pedagogy. This program can be completed by taking web-based courses making it an option for non-resident students. Download our frequently asked questions for more information.

This degree is coordinated by a committee of representatives from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Physical Science, and Teacher Education.Student holding a shark