The Department of Sciences offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Biology with thesis work. The purpose of this graduate program is to provide students with in-depth knowledge in advanced topics in Biology. Students are trained to be independent thinkers who are able to identify specific research problems in biology and investigate them. The thesis option provides the necessary background to pursue further research in biology and is more applicable for students planning to enroll in a Ph.D. program.

Admission Requirements
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, student holding a BS in biology with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or the equivalent will be accepted, while those with a cumulative GP of 2.7-2.99 or the equivalent will be conditionally accepted. The conditional acceptance will be removed when the student receives a minimum of a “B” average for the 6 credits taken during his/her first semester. Students from other relevant majors may be also given conditional admission pending completion of some supplementary course over and above the 36 credits require for the MS in Biology, as specified by the faculty graduate committee, with a minimum of a “B” average. These supplementary credits do not count towards the 36 cr. required for the MS degree. Normally, a maximum of nine transfer credits from previous graduate work completed at another accredited institution of higher education may be transferred upon the discretion of the faculty graduate committee.

Graduation Requirements
To satisfy the requirements for the degree of M.S. in Biology, the student must complete a total of 36 credits, including 6 credits of thesis work, with an overall average of at least 3.0/4.0.
Based on the selection of elective courses in the major, students can choose between two orientations: Molecular Biology or Ecology/Organismal Biology. The selected elective courses should be approved by the advisor.
Thesis work provides the necessary background and research experience to students planning to pursue a Ph.D. and indulge in scientific research activity. .

Degree Requirements (36 cr.)

1- Complete the following required major courses:
BIO 603, BIO 605, BIO 608 or BIO 636, BIO 610 or BIO 628, BIO 670, BIO 671.
15 cr.
2- Complete 9 credits of electives in the major from the following list of courses:
BIO 609, BIO 611, BIO 613, BIO 617, BIO 619, BIO 620, BIO 625, BIO 626, BIO 630, BIO 631, BIO 635, BIO 637, BIO 638, BIO 641, BIO 645, BIO 646, BIO 650, BIO 660.
9 cr.
3-  Complete 6 credits of free electives (not selected in the above course list categories).
6 cr.
4-  Complete the MS thesis requirements.
      BIO 691
6 cr.

Master of Science in Biology Suggested Program

Fall Semester I (10 Credits)
BIO 603 Quantitative Analysis in Biology 3 cr.
BIO 608
Advanced Biochemistry or
Plant Ecology
4 cr.
BIO 610
Advanced Cell Biology or
Advanced Human Physiology
3 cr.
Spring Semester I (10 Credits)
BIO 605 Research Methods in Biology 3 cr.
BIO 6xx Major Elective 3 cr.
BIO 6xx Major Elective 3 cr.
BIO 670 Seminar I 1 cr.
Fall Semester II (12 Credits)
BIO 6xx Major Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
BIO 691 Thesis 6 cr.
Spring Semester II (4 Credits)
Free Elective
Seminar II
3 cr.
1 cr.
BIO 691 Thesis (continued) 0 cr.

Regulations concerning the thesis work of the Master of Science in Biology

Master Thesis
Students may register for the thesis (BIO 691) upon the completion of at least 19 credits with an overall average of at least 3.0/4.0 and after receiving the approval of both the department chairperson and the thesis advisor. The grade will be reported as pass or fail.

Jury for the Oral Defense

The jury shall be composed of three members, including the thesis advisor, as appointed by the Department Chairperson.

Schedule for the Oral Defense

The oral defense for the master thesis shall be scheduled within a month from the date of submission of thesis copies to the jury members.

Evaluation and Grade

The jury shall evaluate the work for the master thesis and assign the appropriate grade by a majority vote.

Final Copy of the Master Thesis

The student shall submit two bound copies of the approved final copy of the master thesis, one to the Thesis Advisor and the other to the University Library.