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Graduate Catalog 2015-16


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The Department of Biological Sciences offers the graduate degree of Master of Science with a major in Biotechnology Management.

Numerous career and advanced training opportunities are available to persons holding a master's degree in biotechnology management. These include occupations in biomedical and health science agencies and businesses, the pharmaceutical industry, agri-business, small businesses, and governmental laboratories and agencies.


Applicants who satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School will be considered for admission to the master's program in biological sciences. Applicants should submit scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical) from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Department of Biological Sciences. Under exceptional circumstances, applicants with an unusually strong academic record or with high scores on other standardized tests may be admitted to the program before the results of the GRE scores are received. In these cases, the GRE must be taken and the scores submitted during the first semester of the student's master's level work. The application deadline for admission in the Fall semester is February 28th each year, however completed applications will be reviewed as early as January 15th.

Graduate students are expected to maintain at least a B average (3.0) in course work; therefore, applicants with less than a B average as undergraduate students and/or GRE combined verbal/quantitative scores lower than 1050 should present evidence that they can do graduate level course work in an acceptable manner. Upon admission to the program, the Biological Sciences Graduate Committee will inform the student of any undergraduate deficiencies and how they can be corrected.

Applicants should also submit a short statement of goals and interests to the Department of Biological Sciences. The statement should include special qualifications and a description of relevant professional experiences. Reprints of publications, at least two letters of recommendation, and other documents should be submitted to the department to assist the Biotechnology Management Committee in evaluating the applicant's qualifications.


The plan of study requires a minimum of 34 semester hours, of which at least 25 semester hours must be in biology. This program requires an internship in lieu of a thesis.

Required courses: Enrollment in a total of four (4) hours in in BIOL 595 or 596 at least twice or in combination and taught by at least two different faculty members. Enrollment in 9 hours of graduate courses in business selected in consultation with a biology faculty adviser is also required.

Electives: Students must take a minimum of 15 hours in BIOL electives.

Internships (6hrs): Students enroll in 6 hours of BIOL 598, Internship, and produce an acceptable research paper based upon the internship.


For the final examination in biotechnology management, students meet with the Biotechnology Management Committee for an oral defense of the final research paper based upon the internship.

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