The thesis program is designed for students seeking advanced studies in areas of modern biology and biotechnology. You will train in the fields of aquaculture, biochemistry, ecology, environmental studies, fisheries biology, genetics, immunology, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant science and physiology.
The non-thesis program allows you to tailor coursework to your specific interests. The core required courses provide a foundation in experimental design, lab techniques and other aspects of graduate-level knowledge. A large number of elective hours allow you to shape the degree to support your future goals.
Biology, Natural Sciences & Mathematics
2 years | Full time
A sample of featured courses you will take in the Biology program.
PCB 6074 EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN IN BIOLOGY
BSC 6840 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN BIOLOGY
BSC 6002L CONTEMPORARY LABORATORY SKILLS
PCB 6971 THESIS
Only one is required
In addition to the University’s graduate admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials, where we use these criteria to assess the potential success of each applicant:
Undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0
A biology or biology-related degree. Applicants without a biology-related degree need to have taken at least three of these courses: General Biology I & II, Biochemistry I, Microbiology, Genetics, Ecology or Evolution. (Courses can be completed in the first year of graduate school, if needed.)
Undergraduate senior year/major GPA
Letter of intent describing work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals
Submission of a curriculum vitae
Submission of three recommendation letters
Prospective thesis advisor’s agreement letter (thesis track only)