Charles R. Lovell, Chair
The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Master of Arts in Teaching in Sciences (biology option) and the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Sciences (biology option) are offered in cooperation with the College of Education.
The purpose of the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences is to train biological scientists for careers in teaching, research, administration, and industry. Departmental faculty have broad expertise from molecules to ecosystems, including botany, ecology, evolution, physiology, science education, and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Students interested in multiple areas can construct an interdisciplinary curriculum with the consent of both the advisor and the advisory and examination committees.
The Biological Sciences M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are research based degrees focusing on animal, plant and/or microbial systems in the areas of ecology, evolutionary biology, physiology, molecular biology, cellular biology, and/or developmental biology.
An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. The applicant’s academic record must indicate adequate preparation for graduate study in biology and must demonstrate ability to excel in the biological sciences. Generally, to be considered for admission, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the sciences on a 4.00 scale and score at or above the 50th percentile on the GRE. However, these guidelines are flexible, and slight deficiencies in one area can be compensated by strengths in another. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English must obtain a minimum score of 600 (250 computer-based score) on the TOEFL exam or 7 on the IELTS exam.