Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Students may pursue an M.S. degree in biology through one of two options:
Option One (Thesis-based) requires the submission and oral defense of a thesis based on original research performed while enrolled as a graduate student at the university. Although there is no specific course work requirement for this option, candidates will be advised under direction of graduate committee to enroll in graduate-level courses deemed appropriate for successful understanding of the research to be undertaken.
Option Two (Course-work based) is a course work option that requires the successful completion of 30 semester hours of graduate-level course work, including a critical literature review, a laboratory rotation, and a final oral examination.
All candidates, regardless of the option chosen, are required to obtain a major advisor and an advisory committee. The advisory committee will help formulate a program of study, provide counseling, and evaluate student progress.