Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

BIOL 8003Introduction to Graduate Research3
Select three of the following:9-12
BIOL 5101
BIOL 5225
Evolutionary Genetics Genomics
BIOL 5232
Behavioral Genetics
BIOL 5254
Animal Behavior
BIOL 5307
Conservation Biology
BIOL 5311
BIOL 5312
BIOL 5321
Plant Community Ecology
BIOL 5322
Plant Genetics
BIOL 5337
Comparative Biomechanics
BIOL 5338
BIOL 5358
Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience
BIOL 5366
Stem Cell Biology
BIOL 5403
BIOL 5416
Tropical Marine Biology: Belize
BIOL 5428
BIOL 5429
Developmental Genetics
BIOL 5436
Freshwater Ecology
BIOL 5452
Systems Neuroscience
BIOL 5454
Neurological Basis of Animal Behavior
BIOL 5456
Organization and Development of the Nervous System
BIOL 5464
Biochemistry of Embryogenesis
BIOL 5465
Mammalian Development
BIOL 5466
Contemporary Biology (with approval)
BIOL 5469
Molecular Biology
BIOL 5471
Cell Proliferation
BIOL 5474
Physical Biochemistry
BIOL 5475
General Biochemistry I
BIOL 5476
General Biochemistry II
BIOL 5479
BIOL 5501
Analytical Biotechnology
BIOL 5502
Microbial Biotechnology
Two 3-credit Graduate Seminar Courses6
Total Credit Hours18-21

Additional Requirements:
All graduate-level courses, including Biochemistry, must be passed with a "B-" or better.

Attendance at scheduled departmental colloquia is required.

Culminating Events:
The master's thesis is an original empirical study that demonstrates the student's knowledge of research methods and mastery of her/his primary area of interest. The thesis should be limited to a specific problem in the Biological Sciences and investigated under the direct supervision of a major advisor.

A student preparing to defend a master's thesis should confirm a date and time with her/his committee, composed of both the major advisor and another member of the Graduate Faculty. The student should then register with the Graduate Secretary. After the date, time, and room are approved, the Biology Department posts flyers announcing the defense.

The student's committee is responsible for evaluating the thesis and its oral defense in a public presentation. The committee votes to pass or fail the thesis and defense at the end of the public presentation. If revisions are required, the committee must approve the changes.