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The Department of Biology offers a Master of Science Degree that can be tailored to meet the needs of the student. Choices include a Thesis Option and a Non-thesis Option. The programs are designed to accomodate both full-time and part-time students.

Curriculum

Thesis Option (30 semester hours)

I. Required Core (9 semester hours)

BIO 591 (3)

BIO 592 (3) (Students cannot enroll in BIO 592 unless they have (1) obtained a letter grade for BIO 591, and (2) been admitted to degree candidacy.)

BIO 610 (3)

II. Electives (21 semester hours)

Group I (choose from three to seven courses)
BIO 511, 513, 514, 515, 535, 536, 537

NOTE: Since the subject matter of BIO 535, 536, and 537 often changes, a graduate student may, with the permission of their Thesis Committee, take any of these course topics more than once provided that they are taught as different courses.

Group II (choose up to four courses, but no more than six semester hours at the 400-level)
BIO 531, 564, 565, 566, 567, 568, 570, 571, 575, 576, 580, 584, 421, 428, 429, 435-438, 448, 452, 454, 456, 457, 472, 473, 474, 485

See general information for details and restrictions.

To complete BIO 591 successfully, the student must present the thesis proposal to his/her thesis advisory committee and demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the principles of biology underlying the proposed research. At that time, the committee also will examine the student on his/her understanding of other related areas of biology. Students who demonstrate a poor understanding of their chosen field must correct their deficiencies.

To complete BIO 610 successfully, the student must present the thesis research in an open seminar and also pass a final thesis defense before the thesis committee. The degree will not be awarded until the thesis has been accepted by the student's committee and signed by the dean of graduate studies.

Part-Time Students

Part-time students will be required to take the same group of courses as full-time students except they must complete BIO 591 (thesis proposal) by the end of their third year. As with the full-time students, part-time students cannot sign up for BIO 592 unless they have obtained a letter grade for BIO 591.  In addition, they must sign up for BIO 610 (thesis) by the start of their sixth year and complete it by the end of that year.

Nonthesis Option (36 semester hours)

I. Required Core (24 semester hours)

BIO 511 (3)

Three research techniques courses: BIO 513, 514, 515 (9)

Three different course topics areas: BIO 535, 536, 537 (9)

BIO 591 (3)

II. Electives  (12 semester hours)

See general information for details and restrictions.

To complete BIO 591 successfully, the student must present the results of the project in an open seminar. In addition, during or immediately after the final semester of course work in the nonthesis program, the student must pass a written comprehensive examination prepared by the student's advisory committee. Students who fail this examination will not receive their degree.

General Information and Restrictions on Electives

With the prior consent of his or her advising committee, a thesis student may take a maximum of six semester hours at the graduate level in allied disciplines, and a maximum of six biology semester hours at the 400 level. A nonthesis student may take a maximum of nine semester hours at the graduate level in allied disciplines, and a maximum of six biology semester hours at the 400 level. All 400-level courses must be among those listed as acceptable for graduate students in the Graduate Catalog. With the consent of his or her advising committee, any student also may transfer in six semester hours of graduate-level work from another university.

BIO 593 may not be counted towards the 30 semester hours required for graduation in the thesis option.

BIO 592, 593, and 610 may not be counted towards the 36 semester hours required for graduation in the nonthesis option.

 

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