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Biology, MS

Offered in: CHICAGO

The master's program in Biology prepares students for work in a variety of professional settings and especially for further graduate study. Importantly, it also is excellent preparation for admission to further professional study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the biological sciences leading to degrees such as the MD, DDS, VMD, and Ph.D. Students who have received bachelor's degrees in non-science fields will also find this degree appropriate if they wish to change their field of study in an attempt to secure admission to the professional programs listed above.

Admission

The following requirements must be met for consideration for admission: an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (out of 4.0) and the following undergraduate course work:

  • Mathematics through integral calculus (RU Math 232).
  • Chemistry through the second semester of Organic Chemistry (RU Chem 212).
  • Physics through the second semester of Physics with Calculus (RU Physics 232).
  • Biology through introductory biology (RU 201, 202, and 301).

Students lacking these prerequisite courses may be admitted provisionally until such time as these courses have been completed satisfactorily (grade of B- or better). None of these prerequisite courses may be used toward fulfilling the requirements for the master's degree in Biology.

Advising

New students must consult with a Biology graduate advisor upon being admitted. All graduate students are required to meet with their graduate advisors at least once each semester to select appropriate courses for the following semester. Students who have completed approximately 10 semester hours in this program with a grade average of B or better should consult with a Biology faculty member to select a research advisor for their research projects (Biology 492). A student's 36-semester-hour program of study must be approved by a graduate advisor.

Semester 1: Choose nine semester hours

  BCHM 420 Physical Chemistry for Bioscience .....3
  BCHM 454 Experimental Method in Biochemistry .....2
  BCHM 457 Advanced Biochemistry .....3
  BIOL 451 Genetics .....5
  BIOL 456 Developmental Biology .....3
  BIOL 492 Research .....1-3

Semester 2: Choose nine semester hours

  BIOL 414 Quantitative Ecology and Conservation .....5
  BIOL 453 Molecular Biology .....5
  BIOL 458 Cell Biology .....5
  BIOL 491 Medical Internship .....3
  BIOL 492 Research .....1-3

Semester 3: Choose nine semester hours

  BCHM 420 Physical Chemistry for Bioscience .....3
  BCHM 454 Experimental Methods in Biochemistry .....2
  BCHM 457 Advanced Biochemistry .....3
  BIOL 404 Histology and Ultrastructure .....5
  BIOL 451 Genetics .....5
  BIOL 456 Developmental Biology .....3
  BIOL 467 Immunology .....5
  BIOL 491 Medical Internship .....3
  BIOL 492 Research .....3

Semester 4: Choose nine semester hours

  BIOL 414 Quantitative Ecology and Conservation .....5
  BIOL 438 Organ System Physiology .....5
  BIOL 453 Molecular Biology .....5
  BIOL 458 Cell Biology .....5
  BIOL 491 Medical Internship .....3
  BIOL 492 Research .....1-3

The courses below may be offered occasionally and may be substituted for any of the above courses in the appropriate program.

  BIOL 310 Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuropsychology .....3
  BIOL 322 Ecology of Tall Grass Prairie .....3
  BIOL 324 Marine Biology .....3
  BIOL 330 Wetlands Delineation .....3
  BIOL 335 Great Lakes .....3
  BIOL 461 Information Technology .....3

300-level courses are undergraduate courses. If the student does not have undergraduate credit in comparable courses, these courses may be taken for graduate credit (to a maximum of 10 semester hours), but additional course work will be required for graduate students. Students may substitute other courses only after discussion with their advisors. It is recommended that BIOL 492 Research be taken for 3 semester hours, but it may be taken in increments to total 3 semester hours.