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On-line MS in Biological Sciences

On-line MS in Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences offers a fully on-line Master of Science degree in biological sciences. The program is designed for biology teachers who are interested in expanding their knowledge in biology and in acquiring the necessary degree for dual credit and college-level teaching. It is not recommended for students interested in pursuing Ph.D. or other advanced degrees. The degree program is available to candidates with an undergraduate degree in Biology or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution with the qualifications listed below in the admission requirements.

Students are required to complete 36 semester hours, including a BSC 595 research paper plus 33 semester hours of approved graduate courses. On-line graduate courses will be offered every long semester and during each of the two summer sessions.  Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in courses to ensure that the courses will apply to their degree.

Courses offered in the program include:

BSC    512      Ecological Genetics

BSC    514      Pharmacology

BSC    515      Adv Cell Biology

BSC    521      Epigenetics

BSC    523      Vertebrate Endocrinology

BSC    525      Advance Neuroscience

BSC    526      Developmental Biology

BSC    527      Human Physiology

BSC    530      Virology

BSC    531      Biogeography

BSC    534      Vertebrate Zoology

BSC    535      Evolution

BSC  537      Behavior and Conservation

ENVS 503      Env. Law, Reg., Ethic

ENVS 505      Hydrology

BSC  550      Microbial Physiology

For a complete list of courses to be offered at a semester or summer session please check the Schedule of Classes.

Admission to the program will be based on a combination of factors.  Students must first gain admission to the Graduate School, though admission to the Graduate School does not mean you will be admitted to the Biology program. To be admitted to the program the admission file must include the following:

  1. Application
  2. $50 application fee
  3. Undergraduate degree in Biology or a related discipline from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall or 3.0 on last 60 hours
  4. A minimum of 12 semester hours of Junior or Senior-level Biology classes with a score of B (80%) or better. 
  5. All graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  6. At least one of the following:
    1. Official GRE scores
    2. Passing score for the TExES for Life Science 8-12 #138 or Life Science 7-12 #238
    3. Passing score for the TExES for Science 8-12 #136 or Science 7-12 #236
  7. Two letters of recommendation
  8. A letter containing the following information:
    1. The type of degree applied for:  Thesis or Online
    2. Academic and career goals
    3. Area of interest in biology (i.e., Cellular and Molecular Biology, Epigenetics,Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Genomics, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience, Endocrinology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Bioremediation, etc.). Please see below for information on faculty and their research interests.
  9. A personal interview with graduate faculty in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences if deemed necessary

Applications to the MS in Biological Sciences degree should be made to the university graduate school at:

Faculty and their areas of research interests:

Dr. Venugopalan (Venu) Cheriyath – cell and molecular biology; epigenetics; genomics; cancer biology.

Dr. Dongwon Choi - microbiology; biofuels

Dr. Johanna Delgado-Acevedo - Environmental science

Dr. Lin Guo - Environmental Science; bioremediation

Dr. Izhar Khan - Endocrinology

Dr. Larry Lemanski - Stem cell biology

Dr. Jeffrey Kopachena - avian biology and ecology

Dr. Lani Lyman-Henley - herpetology and behavior