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Core Course Requirements


The Biology graduate program is set up to ensure that students acquire the concepts and skills needed to enable them either go on to PhD programs or professional programs and function effectively as biologists. The core requirements consists of 9 credit hours in graduate Biology courses, which will provide the student essential knowledge, skills and values required of a successful scientist. The courses focus on the basic concepts of biological research, instrumentation and ethics. These core courses must be taken by all students admitted into the Biology graduate program.

The courses are:
 BIO 512: Instrumentation in the Biological Sciences ...3 sem. Hrs
 BIO 513: Bio-Ethics and Professional Integrity …1sem. Hour
 BIO 500: Current Concepts in Biology…3 sem. Hrs
 BIO 690: Seminar… 1sem. Hour
 BIO 692: Research … 1sem. Hour

Areas of Concentration or Specialization
Students may choose 15- 18 credits of courses from a specific concentration area to make up a minimum of 30 credit hours (thesis option) or a minimum of 36 credit hours (non-thesis option) to qualify for an MS degree in Biology with concentration in their chosen concentration. The concentration areas include: Microbiology, Physiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Entomology. Students are assigned to major advisors based on the area of specialization or concentration they choose; however, students may change advisors if they so desire. We encourage research experience and or internships to ensure adequate exposure of students to contemporary developments in the Biological Sciences.

A master's thesis component
The student and their graduate committee shall jointly develop a Program of Study that includes 24 semester credit hours in graduate course work including the required courses, plus 6 credits of thesis. The subject chosen must be in the major field and must be approved by the graduate committee and by the chair of the Biology department.  The student must submit and defend an acceptable thesis, which shows creative thinking and independent judgment in developing a problem from primary sources. The thesis defense is a comprehensive examination that may include questions on the thesis, and subject matter related to the thesis, and course work.

Terminal Master's Report:  The nature of the master's report can be a library search, survey, or experimentation as determined by the student's advisory committee. For the Master of Science degree non-thesis, the student must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work.

Comprehensive Examination. A written comprehensive examination composed jointly by the faculties of both institutions will be administered to each non-thesis student. This examination will normally be taken after the student has completed the required course work.