Master of Science in Biology
Department of Biology
College of Arts & Sciences
Zack Murrell, Interim Chair and Professor
Ece Karatan, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
The Department of Biology offers the Master of Science in Biology (207*/26.0101) with concentrations in
- Cell and Molecular Biology (207B)
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (207D)
- General Biology (207C)
The graduate program is designed to prepare men and women for competitive careers in the field of biology, including environmental jobs and teaching and research positions, while also preparing students for further graduate and professional work at doctoral levels. Our program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the broad fields in biology while allowing specialization in an area of their choice. In recent years, the Graduate Program in Biology has been twice named the Outstanding Graduate Program at Appalachian, and a number of graduate students have been awarded grants or scholarships for their proposed and ongoing research.
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; statement of interest and intent; commitment from a Biology faculty member to chair the applicant's thesis committee**.
*The three required letters of recommendation should be written by persons familiar with the applicant's academic performance.
**Applicants are encouraged to contact the program director as early as possible regarding thesis research interests.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must receive a minimum GRE analytical writing score of 4 to be considered for normal admission and assistantships. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.
Location: On Campus
|Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Biology|
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 30
|Required Courses||8 to 12|
|Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)|
Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration (Code: 207B)
|18 to 22|
Other Requirements for the MS in Biology:
- Thesis: Required
- Proficiency: Not required
- Candidacy: Required; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
- Comprehensive: A written comprehensive examination and an oral defense of the thesis
- Product of Learning: Not required
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