The Biology Department offers two programs of graduate study that lead to master of science degrees. Students in the master of science degree program in biology create individual programs of study that are designed to meet specific needs. The program may be broadly based and include course work in several areas of biology, or it may provide for concentration within a specific area of biology. The master of science degree program in biology with a biochemistry emphasis is designed to meet the needs of biochemically oriented students. Biochemical specialization can be focused toward molecular biology, cytology developmental biology, microbiology or physiology (animal or plant) at the discretion of the student and the student’s graduate advisory committee.
One of the strengths of the master’s degree program is that it provides the opportunity for students to participate in a graduate research project. Many of these projects utilize field-oriented research because of the unique geographical setting of the university. Laboratory research is also supported in such areas as genetics, virology, immunology and physiology. Department facilities include a green house, herbarium, Lake Superior research boat, the Longyear Forest, molecular biology labs, a small-animal colony, and a zoological collection. The members of the Biology Department faculty all have doctoral degrees, and most are actively involved in the department’s graduate program.
Northern Michigan University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504.
International Student Requirements:
International students are encouraged to apply at least one year in advance of anticipated attendance date.