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Biological Sciences

Graduate Program Curriculum

Master of Arts (MA): A student may earn a master of arts degree while following the thesis plan. The MA degree requires a minimum of 32 semester hours, of which at least 21 semester hours must be in biology. The MA also requires a reading knowledge of a foreign language. The foreign language requirement must be met at least three (3) months prior to graduation by passing an examination offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

Master of Science (MS): Thesis and non-thesis plans of study are available for fulfillment of the requirements of the MS degree. The thesis and non-thesis plans require a minimum of 32 semester hours, of which at least 21 semester hours must be in biology. There is no foreign language requirement for the MS degree.

Thesis Plan
  • At least nine (9) semester hours in biology must be earned in courses numbered BIOL 415-488 or 514-590.
  • Required courses: Enrollment in BIOL 595 or 596 at least twice or in combination is required and must be taken under at least two (2) different faculty members. Completion of BIOL 592 at least two (2) times is required. It may be taken a maximum of four (4) times.
  • Electives: Students may take up to 13 hours of electives.
  • Thesis: Students must complete a thesis based on the student’s original research, and must enroll in at least three (3) semester hours of BIOL 599.

Non-Thesis Plan

  • At least 14 semester hours in biology must be earned in courses numbered BIOL 415-488 or 514-590.
  • Required courses: Enrollment in BIOL 595 or 596 at least twice or in combination is required and must be taken under at least two (2) different faculty members. Completion of BIOL 592 at least two (2) times is required. It may be taken a maximum of four (4) times.
  • Electives: Students may take up to seven (7) hours of electives.
  • Research Paper: At least four (4), but no more than eight (8) semester hours must be taken in BIOL 591 and 593, culminating in an acceptable final research paper.

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Inquiries

Department of Biological Sciences
Graduate Program Inquiries
Office Phone: (618) 650-3927
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