1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
The biology master’s program at Shippensburg University has an emphasis in ecology and environmental biology, with expanding opportunities for study in other sub-disciplines. Successful students are poised to seek new fields of endeavor, advance in their current professions, or prepare themselves for continuing academic training or educational opportunities through thesis or non-thesis degree options.
Master of Science in Biology degree requires 31 semester hour credits. Two courses are required: BIO 515 How to Research, Write & Publish a Scientific Paper and BIO 593 Biometry. The remaining courses are chosen with advisement. At least 21 credits must be earned in biology courses (including courses offered by the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island). The remainder may be selected, with advisement, from courses in chemistry, physics, math, education, computer science, or geography/earth science. Up to 9 transfer credit hours may count towards this total. A maximum of 12 credits must be earned in 400 level courses.
The Department of Biology maintains: an animal care facility, a greenhouse, herbarium, and environmental growth chambers; a vertebrate museum with diverse holdings affiliated with The Pennsylvania State Museum; a biotechnology lab with state-of-the-art equipment and other labs with research grade instruments; a scanning electron microscope for class work and independent research; a computer and video imaging laboratory; laboratory areas for those who are engaged in independent research; a stream, restored wetland, and two-acre pond for research and classroom use.
As a charter member of the Marine Science Consortium, Shippensburg University, in cooperation with other member institutions, offers a variety of marine science studies and research opportunities at Wallops Island, Virginia, during the summer. The consortium maintains a fleet of small boats that is outfitted specifically for marine studies in the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Chincoteague Bay, and the tributaries to these waters. The campus is ideally located for ecological field studies. Located in the scenic Cumberland Valley, we are only a short drive away from State Forest lands, the Appalachian Trail and a variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Within two and one-half hours from campus, you can visit federal, state and regional headquarters of agencies related to ecological and biological studies.
Financial Aid: No
International Financial Aid: No
# of Credits Required: 31
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $454 PA resident; $681 non-resident/$463 non-resid USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Distant Town
Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999