Biology (M.S.) Required Courses

Biology (M.S.) Required Courses


Thesis Option

This option is recommended for students planning to continue their graduate studies or professional training. Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours of graduate course work, with a minimum of 18 credit hours taken from 500-level courses. 50.593 Master of Science Thesis accounts for six of these semester hours. An oral defense of the thesis is required.

Non-Thesis Option

This option is tailored for students interested in non-research-oriented careers. Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours of graduate course work, with a minimum of 18 credit hours taken from 500-level courses. Students choosing this option will not carry out a thesis. There are two suboptions within the nonthesis option.

Directed Study Suboption

Students must complete at least 27 credit hours of graduate course work, and 3 credit hours of Directed Study in Biology. A directed study is a hands-on research experience smaller in scope than a thesis. Typically the directed study is completed within one semester. A written report is prepared, and presented orally to the Department.

Departmental Paper Suboption

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours of graduate course work. They must complete a literature-based paper on a topic selected by the students and the academic advisor or mentor for the paper. The departmental paper carries no semester hour credit. The paper must be presented orally to the Department.

Required Courses

53.546 — Biostatistics OR 80.525 — Research Methods
50.593 — Master of Science Thesis (required for students in the thesis option)
50.591 — Directed Study in Biology (required for students in the non-thesis option)
Elective Courses

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level courses is required for graduation.

All other courses are considered elective courses, but require the approval of the student's adviser and advisory committee.

50.411 — Radiation Biology
50.455 — Environmental Microbiology
50.457 — Entomology
50.472 — Animal Cell Physiology
50.474 — Vertebrate Systems Physiology
50.477 — Plant Physiology
50.478 — Microbial Physiology
50.479 — Integrated Physiology Laboratory
50.530 — Evolution
50.531 — Developmental Biology
50.532 — Microbial and Molecular Genetics
50.535 — Bioinformatics and Genomic Analysis
50.550 — Mycology
50.551 — Conservation Biology
50.552 — Limnology
50.559 — Ornithology
50.560 — Population Biology
50.561 — Animal Behavior
50.570 — Medical Parasitology
50.571 — Endocrinology
50.575 — Cell Physiology
50.576 — Neurophysiology
50.580 — Comparative Animal Physiology
50.589 — Current Topics in Biology
50.591 — Directed Study in Biology
50.593 — Master of Science Thesis
Marine science courses offered at Wallops Island, Va.
55.431 — Ecology of Marine Plankton
55.432 — Marine Evolutionary Ecology
55.464 — Biological Oceanography
55.490 — Marine Aquaculture
55.491 — Coral Reef Ecology
55.492 — Marine Mammals
55.500 — Problems in Marine Science
55.540 — Environmental Science Education
55.541 — Biology of Mollusca
55.570 — Research Cruise-Biology
55.593 — Behavioral Ecology