University of West Florida

College of Science, Engineering & Health

Biology, M.S.


11000 University Parkway

Pensacola, FL 32514

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S..-Biology, specializations: Biology Specialization (thesis); Biological Chemistry Fast Tr

Format: Campus

Program Description:

In the Master of Science in Biology (M.S.) program, students take advantage of the school’s close proximity to an outstanding maritime environment and the campus’ 300 acres of estuarine marshes and wetlands. The Masters of Biology, M.S. thesis program is designed for students seeking advanced studies in areas of modern biology and biotechnology with training in the fields of marine biology, aquaculture, biochemistry, ecology, environmental studies, fisheries biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant science, and physiology. The Environmental Biology (Non-thesis) specialization is one in which in which students are provided a solid background in the biological sciences and methods to identify and solve problems, management practices, and techniques in scientific research and/or policy-making as they pertain to the environment. There is a great demand from local, state, and federal government, as well as from the industry, for students with a strong background in environmental biology. The Coastal Zone Studies (CZS) program in biology is a non-thesis tract degree program that incorporates course work in biology, environmental studies and geology. The program is designed to provide interdisciplinary knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and managing the coastal environment founded on a solid grasp of the biological principles of the system. Course work includes directed studies at the 5000 and 6000 level to allow for "hands-on" experience working in biology. The degree is particularly relevant to individuals seeking employment in federal, state, or private consulting agencies concerned with overseeing coastal environments.


The University of West Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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