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2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, MS


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Administrative Unit

This program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research through the faculty of Biology, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

Objectives

The Master of Science program in Biology includes advanced education in experimental molecular, cellular and organismal biology. The program is designed primarily to prepare students for a professional career in an advanced field of biology. The program is used by students who want to gain additional background for teaching, as well by those who are preparing to go on to Ph.D. programs or professional schools.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Master of Science program with regular admission status requires Calculus I and II, two semesters of organic chemistry, and biology classes in genetics, evolution, cell biology and/or microbiology, and physiology and the freshman level prerequisites required for the biology and chemistry courses.

Depending upon the student’s undergraduate program and career goals, the advisory committee may require completion of additional courses at the undergraduate level. (see Program Recommendations below). In addition to a completed application for Graduate Studies, prospective students must also submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an undergraduate faculty member in the sciences who can address the suitability of the applicant for advanced study. Applicants must also submit a statement of intent that addresses the reasons why they wish to pursue an advanced degree in biology and the area of biology they wish to study.

Regular Admission Status

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A GRE score in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical reasoning at the 50% percentile or above in each category
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Written statement of intent explaining the reasons the applicant is applying for the biology program
  • Student does not require any leveling course in mathematics, chemistry or biology

Conditional Admission Status

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • A 2.99-2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Students must submit GRE scores (with no minimum score).  These will be considered in combination with other components of the application 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Written statement of intent explaining the reasons the applicant is applying for the biology program
  • Student may require leveling courses in mathematics, chemistry or biology if the student has not taken Calculus I and II, two semesters of organic chemistry, or biology courses in genetics, evolution, cell biology, and/or microbiology, organismal biology, or physiology.
  • OTHER EVIDENCE:  At least one of the following:
    • One (1) year of positive research undergraduate research experience documented in one of the letters of recommendation
    • A combined GRE score on Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning of 310
    • A GPA of 3.0 or above in upper level (3000 level or above) biology and chemistry classes
  • The student will need to maintain a B or better in the first 12 hours of classes

M.S. in Biology Degree Requirements - Thesis Option

  • Students are required to complete 30 semester credit hours.
  • Students must take 15-18 hours in Biology, six to nine hours may be in supporting areas of study.
  • The remaining six hours must be earned in independent study leading to an original thesis.

M.S. in Biology Degree Requirements - Non-thesis Option

  • Students are required to complete 30 semester credit hours. 
  • Students must complete six to nine hours of BIOL 6392 Research in Biology  to obtain experience in biological research.
  • In the final semester, students must present a seminar covering the results of their work to the Biology Department and their committee.

M.S. in Biology - Biomedical Emphasis

The MS with a Biomedical Emphasis is designed to provide students who desire terminal degrees in the health professions or in graduate school with additional academic and research experience which may help them be more successful in being admitted to these programs. The requirements are generally the same as those for an M.S. in Biology, except that the research project will be in the biomedical sciences, and at least 9 hours of coursework not involving research must be in topics that are biomedical in nature.

M.S. Biomedical Emphasis - Thesis Option

  • BIOL 6392  Bioresearch 3 hours in biomedical related research
  • BIOL 6399  Master’s Thesis 6 hours in biomedical related research

Must take 9 hrs from the following courses:

BIOL 6300  Bacteriology
BIOL 6301   Studies in Virology
BIOL 6322   Molecular Biology
BIOL 6323   Immunology
BIOL 6340   Molecular Genetics
BIOL 6356   Neuroscience
BIOL 6345   Development Biology
BIOL 6389   Selected Topics that have a biomedical emphasis approved by the Program Chair

M.S. Biomedical Emphasis - Non-Thesis Option

  • BIOL 6392 Bioresearch 6-9 hours in biomedical research

Must take 9 hrs from the following courses:

BIOL 6300  Bacteriology
BIOL 6301   Studies in Virology
BIOL 6322   Molecular Biology
BIOL 6323   Immunology
BIOL 6340   Molecular Genetics
BIOL 6356   Neuroscience
BIOL 6345   Development Biology
BIOL 6389   Selected Topics that have a biomedical emphasis approved by the Program Chair

In the final semester, students must present a seminar covering the results of their work to the Biology Department and their committee.

Special Program Features

Where appropriate, individualized instruction is used in each student’s program so not all courses require regular attendance. Laboratory facilities are ideally suited for individualized instruction. Students will also be given an opportunity to gain experience in teaching by assisting in one or more undergraduate laboratory courses under the supervision of a faculty member.

Program Recommendation

If they have not already done so, students must complete organic chemistry I and II, calculus I and II, and physics before admission to regular graduate status. Students lacking specific upper level biology background such as biochemistry, genetics, animal physiology, or evolution may be approved by the advisory committee to take these undergraduate courses for 4000-level graduate credit (see list below).

Dual Degree Plan Option

This option allows students to obtain a BS degree in Biology and MS in Biology in a five year period. In this plan the student would begin taking graduate classes in their junior year of college. The student would still need to be admitted to graduate school at the appropriate time and meet the same admission requirements as for the thesis option. The student would be required to complete a thesis during their 5th year of college.. For details concerning this plan, see the Graduate Program Head for Biology.

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