In Biology, student must complete 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 36 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.