Students have a choice of two paths including a traditional thesis-based option and a nonthesis option within the M.S. degree program. Students interested in continuing on to Ph.D. or professional programs typically pursue the thesis option while the nonthesis option works well for full-time, working professionals who seek advancement in their field.
Thesis students are paired with a faculty advisor at the time of admission with whom they work on a research project. A foundational course, taken in the first semester, prepares students to develop and carry out research. The size of our program allows faculty to work closely with students to help them select courses and develop projects which best fit their interests and career goals. The thesis option provides students with excellent preparation to continue their training in doctoral or professional programs which emphasize a research component.
The nonthesis option emphasizes breadth of training, with students taking advanced coursework across the full range of biology subfields. Nonthesis students may opt to carry out a one-semester project with a faculty member to gain research experience. Nonthesis students leave the program well-prepared to continue on to professional schools, to enter biologically-oriented professions in research or government, or to teach at the community college level.
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Facts & Figures
International Financial Aid:
# of Credits Required:
30 (With Thesis) 36
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
In-State: $526 Out of State: $980 USD