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
Evolutionary Genetics Genomics
Behavioral Genetics
Animal Behavior
Conservation Biology
Plant Community Ecology
Biology of Plants
Comparative Biomechanics
Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience
Stem Cell Biology
Tropical Marine Biology: Belize
Developmental Genetics
Freshwater Ecology
Systems Neuroscience
Neurological Basis of Animal Behavior
Organization and Development of the Nervous System
Biochemistry of Embryogenesis
Mammalian Development
Contemporary Biology (with approval)
Molecular Biology
Cell Proliferation
Physical Biochemistry
General Biochemistry I
General Biochemistry II
Analytical Biotechnology
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.