In Biology, student must complete 33-36 credit hours of approved graduate courses in areas of biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, ecology, immunology, biostatistics, research methods, and physiology.
Two options are available to complete the M.S. degree requirements: a thesis option and a non-thesis option.
The thesis option is designed for individuals planning careers as experimental biologists, including those who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. This option is available on a competitive basis. Students choosing the thesis option must complete 33 credit hours with grade point average of not less than 2.5 (75%). Students must also prepare a written thesis based on research carried out by the student and under the supervision of at least one supervisor.
The non-thesis option is intended as a degree to meet the needs of teachers, science administrators, policy makers in the biology, and others. Students who elect the non-thesis option must complete at least a total 36 credit hours with grade point average of not less than 2.5 (75%). In addition, the students must pass the written M.S. comprehensive examination in biostatistics, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular genetics, animal physiology, ecology, research methodology, and cell biology.