This program is 40 credit hours. These 40 credit hours must include the following:
One course in biochemistry of at least 3 hours*
- normally Chem 6600 Biochemistry I (5 hours) or 6610 Biochemistry II (3 hours), although higher-level courses may be selected.
*This requirement may be waived if the student has successfully passed an equivalent undergraduate course with a B or better (in case that the biochemistry work is waived, the student must still complete requisite hours of coursework).
- Biol 8700 Seminar (2 hours) covers current research topics in biology. There are also other seminar courses available: Biol 6960 and Biol 6870. however, those are optional. Biol 8700 is required.
A Non-thesis or Thesis Capstone**
- Non-thesis Project or Paper. Biol 8888 (4 hours)
- The non-thesis requires a committee of at least two faculty. Students may begin their non-thesis ahead of registering for the course, but should only register for the course in the semester that they are ready to submit the final product.
- Thesis. Biol 8999 (14 hours)
- Students must complete a thesis proposal before work toward the thesis can commence. Upon completion of thesis work, the student must also write a thesis and successfully defend the thesis. The thesis requires a committee of at least 3 faculty, and 2 of the 3 must be graduate faculty.
** Upon admission, a Master’s student is assumed to be non-thesis until successful completion of a thesis proposal.
- If a concentration is chosen, then completion of concentration requirements.
- Any additional 6000 level Biology courses necessary to reach the requisite 40 hours of coursework.
- 8000 level Biology courses can be used but must be approved by the graduate director.