The graduate program provides students with a solid and comprehensive background in the field of biological sciences, including molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, genetics, microbiology, human biology and developmental biology. The program offers rigorous master's-level study for part- and full-time students, featuring small classes and thesis research projects under the supervision of experienced faculty mentors. Graduates have obtained employment with government agencies, private industry, and non-governmental organizations. Others have pursued advanced training in medicine or other health professions, or entered doctoral programs at leading universities. The MS in Biological Science may be obtained under two separate plans. Plan I is a traditional program requiring a thesis based on original research. Students considering further graduate study or employment in government or private laboratories are encouraged to enroll in this plan. Plan II is a non-thesis program with a more flexible course of study, requiring an independent research experience typically performed in one semester. We are proud of our faculty and their balanced commitment to scholarship and teaching. Graduate faculty hold PhDs from major research institutions and have an excellent record in teaching and scholarship. In recent years they have published in leading scientific journals and received funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. The graduate program’s teaching and research facilities allow students to use current methodologies and modern equipment that would be found in biotechnology research centers. Experience with these techniques in laboratory courses and independent research projects is valuable in today’s market. Seven teaching assistantships are currently awarded each year on a competitive basis. Teaching assistants serve as instructors in laboratory sections of undergraduate biology courses.