The Master of Science in Biology program serves those interested in advanced training in applied or basic biological research and teaching. The program also provides a basis for further graduate or professional studies.  The M.S. in Biology is broadly based, allowing students to tailor their courses to suit their interests. Laboratory skills are integral to many Biology careers, thus students are encouraged to include lab courses in their program of study. Faculty in the M.S. in Biology program have expertise in a range of sub-disciplines including Ecology, Organismal, Cell, and Molecular Biology. 

Credit hours required: 33-36

Admission Information

The Biology program admits for Fall, Spring, and Summer.

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Career Options

Students who complete the M.S. in Biology can land a career as a:

  • biology technician, researcher or field scientist
  • biology instructor (community college levels)
  • food scientist 
  • forensic scientist
  • health sciences professional
  • pharmaceutical industry professional

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Master of Science in Biology and the courses offered toward the degree.

Biology, M.S.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Biology.

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