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Department of Biology

Department of Biology

Biology Masters - M.S. in Natural Science


The Biology track in the Master of Science in Natural Sciences has both a thesis and non-thesis option. The thesis-based degree program is a research degree that prepares students for a variety of careers in the life sciences and may also serve as an intermediate degree for those intending to pursue further graduate study. Graduate students have the opportunity to gain experience in scientific methods and experimental design in the laboratory and in the field. The program is designed to take two years and includes 21 semester hours of coursework and 15 hours of individual research.

The Department of Biology offers courses and research opportunities in the life sciences ranging from molecular genetics to ecology and from environmental microbiology to animal physiology.  Graduate students in the thesis option conduct their own research projects and benefit from one-on-one faculty mentorship. The Department of Biology is a thriving group of diverse and dynamic faculty and students who work with a strong collaborative spirit on many diverse research projects.

Research and teaching laboratories are well equipped and constantly updated. In addition, we are looking forward to the construction of a new 30,000 square foot science facility as well as renovations to LeNoir Hall, our current science building. Students also have the opportunity to expand their education and research through our award-winning international study program.

Currently all graduate students in the Biology track are offered graduate teaching assistantships and have the opportunity to compete for campus research grants to support their study. Detailed information about assistantships can be found HERE.

Students choosing the non-thesis option must also complete a total of 36 semester hours but a greater proportion are dedicated to coursework (30 hours) with the remaining time spent developing and presenting a research paper on a topic of their own interest in biology.

For specifics on entry standards and program requirements visit HERE.


For specific questions or information you can contact:

Glenn D. Stokes, PhD