Master of Science in Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an integrated program of coursework leading to the Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences. 

Students may choose to pursue either the thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option allows students to undertake research in areas of Evolution/Ecology or Molecular Biology/Biochemistry and requires a substantial, independent laboratory or field project culminating in a thesis. The non-thesis option allows students to take coursework, experience internships, and develop a capstone project in Biomedical Sciences.

All Master of Science students are required to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. The course requirement provides students with basic understanding and skills in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences, while allowing individuals to tailor the specific coursework to meet their needs.

Financial support (stipend and tuition) is available on a competitive basis for students interested in the thesis option in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. Applicants interested in pursuing the thesis option are strongly encouraged to contact faculty members in their area of research interests.



Have Questions? 

Bernard Rees, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 504-280-6309
Fax: 504-280-6121