Master of Science in Biological Sciences requirements

Course # Title Credits
BIO 8995 Seminar (one term) 2
BIO 9996 Rotation (one term) 2
BIO XXXX Core Curricula (see below) 12
BIO 7996 Research 4
BIO XXXX Electives 3
BIO 8999 Thesis 8
Total 31
  • Electives must total three credits minimum; courses decided on by the student and the major advisor
  • Additional constraints on plan of study: 
A minimum of six credits must be in 7000 level or higher exclusive of BIO 7996, 8995, 9996, and 8999
  • All first-semester students will be advised by the graduate officer and/or the graduate committee chair

Core curricula

Molecular biology and biotechnology division

At least 12 credits of the following courses.

Course # Title Credits
BIO 5040 Biometry 4
BIO 5330 Principles and Applications of Biotechnology I  3
BIO 6000 Molecular Cell Biology I 3
BIO 6010 Molecular Cell Biology II 3
BIO 6160 Proteins and Proteomics 3
BIO 6330 Principles and Applications of Biotechnology II 3
BIO 7020 Comprehensive Virology 3
BIO 7500 Prokaryotic Gene Structure and Function 4
BIO 7510 Eukaryotic Gene Structure and Function 4

Ecology and evolutionary biology division

Ecology concentration

At least four of the following courses.

Course # Title Credits
BIO 5040 Biometry 4
BIO 7110 Aquatic Ecology 4
BIO 7440 Terrestrial Ecology 4
BIO 7490 Population and Community Ecology 3
BIO 7540 Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology 3

Evolution concentration

At least four of the following courses.

Course # Title Credits
BIO 5040 Biometry 4
BIO 6060 Molecular Evolution 3
BIO 6090 Population Genetics 3
BIO 7150 Genomics 3
BIO 7280 Bioinformatics 3

Additional courses to augment a student's specialty

Course # Title Credits
BIO 5330 Principles and Applications of Biotechnology I  3
BIO 5620 Developmental Biology 3
BIO 6000 Molecular Cell Biology I 3
BIO 7090 Molecular Basis of Development 3
BIO 7060 Evolutionary and Developmental Biology 3
BIO 7120 Molecular Basis of Plant Development 3
BIO 7180 Field Investigations in Biological Sciences 3

Cellular, developmental, and neurobiology division

At least 12 credits of the following courses.

Course # Title Credits
BIO 5040 Biometry 4
BIO 5330 Principles and Applications of Biotechnology I  3
BIO 5620 Developmental Biology 3
BIO 6000 Molecular Cell Biology I 3
BIO 6010 Molecular Cell Biology II 3
BIO 6330 Principles and Applications of Biotechnology II 3
BIO 6690 Neurobiology I 3
BIO 7090 Molecular Basis of Development 3
BIO 7660 Neurobiology II 3

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