M.S. Biology / M.A. Biology

This graduate program offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to the Master of Science degree in Biology. A thesis option is offered to students who want an opportunity to develop expertise in research techniques and data analysis; a nonthesis option is offered for those who want the opportunity to earn the Master of Science degree through organized coursework. The thesis option is recommended for students who plan a career in research or contemplate pursuing a doctorate in one of the life sciences. The nonthesis option might be suitable for students interested in secondary school teaching in the life sciences. Graduate faculty research interests include biochemistry, cellular biology, development biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, physiology, and plant sciences.

Biology is the study of living things and encompasses every aspect of their existence from zygote to maturity. Biological sciences include studies of organisms and their component parts as well as the environment in which they live. Graduate students in this program have a broad range of courses from which to choose in pursuit of their degree and are encouraged to engage in internships and undergraduate research. 

Various faculty participate in this program. Prospective graduate students interested in the program should contact a relevant faculty member to inquire about their participation.