On-line MS in Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences has launched 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 a minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall or 3.0 on last 60 hours.
Students are required to complete 36 semester hours, including a BSC 595 major research paper plus 33 semester hours of graduate BSC courses. On-line graduate courses will be offered every long semester, and two will be offered during each of the two summer sessions.
Courses offered in the program include ornithology, behavioral ecology, medical microbiology, cell biology, ecological genetics, evolution, virology, genetic analysis, endocrinology, epigenetics, microbial ecology, genomics, ecophysiology, gene regulation, reproductive physiology, and respiratory physiology.
Admission to the program will be based on a combination of factors. Students must first gain admission to the Graduate School. To be admitted to the program the admission file must include the following:
- $50 application fee
- Undergraduate degree in Biology or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall or 3.0 on last 60 hours
- All graduate and undergraduate transcripts
- At least one of the following:
a. Official GRE scores
b. Passing score for the TExES for Life Science 8-12 #138
- Two letters of recommendation
- A letter containing the following information:
a. type of degree applied for: thesis, non-thesis, online
b. academic and career goals
c. area of interest in biology (e.g. Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Genomics, Oncology, Microbiology, etc.)
- Personal interview if deemed necessary with graduate faculty in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences