The Master of Science program in Biology prepares students for employment in a variety of professional settings and for further study toward doctoral degrees such as the MD, DDS and PhD. It is a comprehensive biological science program in which a student may concentrate primarily in cellular/molecular biology, physiology/developmental biology, conservation ecology, or biochemistry. The program is appropriate for students holding a baccalaureate degree in biology, health science, or related sciences, or for those who have taken the prerequisite undergraduate courses.
The emphasis of the MS Biology degree program is to develop practical research skills and a broad conceptual foundation in the field of biological science. Students in the program receive:
The program is course-based and includes a one-semester research experience. Students who are prepared for advanced research training may pursue a Master’s thesis under the sponsorship of a department faculty member.
Applicants should consult the general requirements for admission to graduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences covered on the Roosevelt University web site. Graduate faculty members will evaluate each applicant’s individual record of academic achievement, professional experience and self-assessment. Weakness in one or a few areas of preparation will not preclude a positive admission decision.
Applicants to the MS Biology program must hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and must have completed the academic requirements described below.
Students lacking these prerequisites may be admitted provisionally until they have been completed satisfactorily (grade of B- or better). None of the prerequisite courses may be used toward fulfilling the requirements for the Master's degree.
Graduate transfer credit toward the degree must be approved by the faculty in each concentration and is limited to six semester hours.
The MS in Biology requires a minimum of 36 semester hours, at least 30 of which must be completed at Roosevelt University. Students may concentrate their studies in cellular and molecular biology, physiology and developmental biology, conservation ecology, or biochemistry.
New students must consult with the graduate program director upon admission to the graduate program. Each graduate student is required to meet with a graduate advisor at least once each semester to select appropriate courses for the following semester.
All students must complete three semester hours of research by enrolling in Research in Biology (BIOL 492) or in Research Methods (BIOL 468). It is recommended that BIOL 492 be taken for 3 semester hours, but it may be taken in increments to total 3 semester hours.
Following the initial research experience, qualified students may pursue advanced study toward a Master’s thesis by enrolling in 3-6 additional credits of Thesis (BIOL 485). These credits are included in the total graduate credit hours.
A student who has completed at least one semester of full-time graduate study (or 9 credit hours) with a grade average of 3.0 (B) or higher should consult with members of the department faculty to select a research advisor.
The remaining coursework may be chosen from the appropriate list below or from other scheduled courses, in consultation with a graduate advisor. Other courses, including select courses at the advanced undergraduate level, may be taken as a course-by-arrangement with instructor and advisor approval. No more than 10 semester hours of course-by-arrangement will be included in the 36 semester hour minimum.
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