Master’s Course List

The curriculum includes a list of courses common to all Biology M.S. students, plus two options for independent study:


Degree Requirements
Core Requirements:
BIO 402 Biometrics
BIO 502 Biological Research & Policy I**
BIO 503 Biological Research & Policy II**
BIO 551 Advanced Cell Biology
BIO 571 Advanced Ecology & Evolution
Thesis Option
BIO 585 Master’s Thesis
Biology Approved Electives*
Non-Thesis Exam Option
BIO 583 Closure Exam Preparation
Biology Approved Electives*

*It is expected that students will take elective courses in the areas of the selected concentration.

**BIO 502 & 503 must be taken within the first 14 hours of graduate work.

Thesis Option: BIO 402 must be taken concurrently in the term that the thesis proposal will be defended.

**Enrollment in the Master’s Thesis requires that you:

  • first complete BIO 502 & 503;
  • first successfully defend a research proposal to your advisory committee; and
  • obtain the signature by your research advisor.

Non-Thesis Exam Option: The closure activity for this option is a comprehensive examination that will cover the coursework the student has completed in fulfillment of the master’s degree. BIO 402 must be taken before the closure exam can be administered. BIO 583 (Closure Exam Preparation) must be taken either during or following the semester when the remainder of the course work has been completed.

The examination consists of both a written and an oral section, which are administered at the end of the semester. An examination committee will conduct the oral examination and will consist of two faculty members from the Biology Department and a faculty member outside the department appointed by the Dean. It wil be offered twice a year in the last week of the spring and fall semesters. A summer exam will be implemented if there is sufficient demand.

To pass the comprehensive examination, the student must obtain a grade of B or higher on both the written and oral exams (grades of B- or lower will not be accepted). In the event the student fails the first comprehensive examination, a second but final opportunity with be given to pass the exam. Campus policy requires students be enrolled in at least one semester hour of closure exercise credit for each semester after they have begun their graduate closure exercises until the degree is completed. If the exam is not passed with the completion of four credit hours of BIO 583, the student must enroll in BIO 584 (zero credit hours, one billable hour) each regular semester (fall and spring) until the exam is passed.

Representative BIO elective courses (400- and 500- level) for the Cell & Molecular Biology theme include:

  • BIO 428 Human Diseases (Online)
  • BIO 429 Human Physiology
  • BIO 410 Topics courses which include
    • Biology of Cancer
    • Modelling Biological Systems
  • BIO 510 Topics courses which include
    • Introductin of Bioinformatics
  • BIO 561 Advanced Microbiology: Microbial Ecology
  • CHE 415 Biochemistry I
  • CHE 416 Biochemistry II
  • CHE 421 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHE 433 Physiological Chemistry
  • CLS 447 Medical Mycology, Parasitology and Virology
  • BIO 448/CLS 448 Introduction of Immunology
  • MPH 511 Foundations of Epidemiology

Representative BIO elective courses (400- and 500-level) for the Ecology & Evolution theme include:

  • BIO 410 Topics courses vary by semester which may include
    • Animal Behavior (Online)
    • Mammalogy (Online)
    • Ornithology (Online)
    • Modelling Biological Systems
  • BIO 444 Aquatic Ecology (Blended)
  • BIO 445 Biology of Water Pollution (Online)
  • BIO 446 Restoration Ecology (Online)
  • BIO 447 Global Change Ecology (Online)
  • BIO 479 Evolution (Online)
  • BIO 561 Advanced Microbiology: Microbial Ecology
  • CHE 421 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHE 431 Environmental Chemistry
  • ENS 404 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
  • ENS 463 Our Changing Climate (Online, Spring)
  • ENS 468 Environmental Geology
  • ENS 503 Advanced GIS Applications in Environmental Planning
  • ENS 542 Ecosystems Management
  • ENS 571 Sustainable Development (Online, Spring)
  • MPH Environmental Toxicology