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Master of Science in Biology

Within the guidelines, the individual's program is developed by an advisory committee to ensure proficiency in the basic areas of zoology, botany, ecology and genetics. The thesis track is strongly recommended for anyone considering further research or graduate activities.

Thesis Track

Total Course Requirements
30 hours:
BIO 689 Introduction to Graduate Studies
1
BIO courses, 600 level
6-8
BIO courses, 500 or 600 level
6-12
Graduate courses in related fields
0-6
BIO 696 Understanding Scientific Communication
2
BIO 697 Seminar
1
BIO 698-699 Thesis
6

Non-Thesis Track

Total Course Requirements
36 hours:
BIO 689 Introduction to Graduate Study
1
BIO courses, 600 level
14
BIO courses, 500 or 600 level
6-8
Graduate courses in related fields
0-12
BIO 696 Understanding Scientific Communication
2
BIO 697 Seminar
1

 

 

Other Degree Requirements, Thesis

 

  • Proficiency in quantitative methods through MAT 665 or a graduate course in bioinformatics, such as BIO 657.
  • A preliminary examination will be given in the student’s first semester to assess the student’s understanding of principles across the diverse disciplines of biology.
  • Oral defense of thesis.

 

   

Other Degree Requirements, Non-Thesis

 

  • Proficiency in quantitative methods through MAT 665 or a graduate course in bioinformatics, such as BIO 657.
  • A preliminary examination will be given in the student’s first semester to assess the student’s understanding of principles across the diverse disciplines of biology.
  • BIO 695 Biological Research (4) with prior approval of the research topic by the student's graduate committee; results to be presented while enrolled in BIO 697 Research Seminar.
  • Graduate courses must include a minimum of one 500 or 600 level course from each of the following fields: botany, zoology, ecology and genetics. Specific courses that fulfill the requirements for these fields will be defined by the faculty.

 

Funding Opportunities 

A limited number of Teaching Assistantships are available through the Biology Department (contact Dr. Flinn for more information).

The following scholarships and fellowships are available on a competitive basis:

 

For more information contact: Dr. Michael Flinn, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University, 2112 Biology Building, Murray, KY 42071-3361, (270) 809-2786 or e-mail: mflinn@murraystate.edu.

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