Professor and student in biology lab

‘The reason I want to teach biology is because of the experiences I’ve had in Dr. Cresawn’s course where I was able to teach science to English Language Learners.’

— Leisha Martin (’14, ’15M)

9 assistantships with tuition waiver and stipend
1:1 research experience with faculty


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Description of Program

The biology graduate program is a thesis/research concentration for students who wish to continue the study of biology as a scholarly pursuit and who later continue work toward the Ph.D., work for industry or government, or wish to teach, primarily in two-year colleges.

The primary objective of the program is to enrich the student's subject knowledge and give the student a rigorous experience in research and thesis-writing. Students can also acquire training and experience in teaching. Training in teaching is provided through courses and the mentored teaching of biology laboratories. Thus, students not only gain research experience, they also learn to be effective teachers and communicators.

Currently, the biology department has research strengths in the following areas:

  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Comparative and Functional Morphology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Plant Biology

More information regarding faculty research can be found on the biology website: 

Up to nine hours of graduate credit from accredited institutions may be accepted toward the Master of Science degree, subject to the general regulations and procedures of The Graduate School regarding transfer credit.

Full-time biology graduate students are required to attend and participate in departmental seminars while in residence.

Degree Offered

Master of Science in Biology (M.S.)

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