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Master of Science in Biology Curriculum

Students must complete a total of ten courses (33-35 credits), three of which are electives. For the physiology requirement, students may choose either a human based or plant-based course. Final selection of electives requires approval of the student’s academic advisor. Students may do a “two for one” substitution of two undergraduate courses to replace one graduate elective; this helps students fulfill requirements for other graduate programs (two semesters of physics for medical school). Such a substitution can only be made with prior approval of the program director. A minimum of nine credits per long term is required for full-time status.
Required Courses - 10 courses
Course Course Title Credits
Required Courses - 7 courses
BIO 502 Human Gross Anatomy
6
BIO 504
BIO 525
Human Physiology OR
Plant Development
3
5
BIO 506 Principles of Neuroscience
4
BIO 532 Biostatistics
3
BIO 623 Methods of Biological Research
3
BIO 698 Biology Thesis I
2
BIO 699 Biology Thesis II
3
Electives - 3 courses*
BIO 417 Genetics
3
BIO 418 Chemical Analysis Lab
3
BIO 431 Advanced Principles of Cell/Molecular Biology
3
BIO 438 Biochemistry I
3
BIO 439 Biochemistry II
3
BIO 440 Cell/Molecular/Biochemistry Lab
3
BIO 452 Computational Drug Design
3
BIO 508 Developmental Biology
5
BIO 551 Bioinformatics
3
BIO 552 Computational Drug Design
3
BIO 553 Special Topics in Biology
3
BUS 642 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care
3
BUS 645 Health Care Policy
3
BUS 648 Current Issues in Health Care
3
PSY 503 Applied Biological Psychology
3
PSY 629 Human Development Across the Lifespan
3
PWR 616 Technical Writing and Editing (online)
3
PWR 632 Science Writing (online)
3
 
*Students may substitute two 200+ level undergraduate courses for one graduate elective with permission of the program director.
Typical Program Schedule
Students typically begin their programs in the fall and finish at the end of spring of the following year. Below is a sample schedule.
Fall Year 1
Spring Year 1
Summer or May
BIO 502 (6) Gross Anatomy
PTH 504 (3) Human Physiology
BIO 623 (3) Research Methods
BIO 506 (4) Neuroscience
BIO 532 (3) Biostatistics
BIO 698 (2) Thesis I
1 credit CGC
Work on Thesis
Fall Year 2
Spring Year 2
Summer or May
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Continue Thesis
BIO 699 (3) Thesis II Students who need additional tiem to finish thesis work may register for an additonal 1 credit GCG.
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