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2019-20 Graduate Catalog 
2019-20 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, M.S.

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Dr. Chris Herlihy
(615) 898-2611

The Department of Biology offers the Master of Science in Biology.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Required application materials include official transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Students receiving unconditional admission typically will have a 3.40 overall (and in biology coursework) undergraduate grade point average and overall GRE scores above the fiftieth percentile.

All students in the graduate program must have an undergraduate minor (19 hours) in biology or its equivalent and 12 hours of chemistry (including one semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry).

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applications for admission are accepted year-round; preference for admission will be given to students adhering to the following deadlines: Summer/Fall enrollment, March 1; Spring enrollment, October 1.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant’s potential to successfully complete an M.S. in Biology;
  5. submit a personal statement. The personal statement should outline the student’s interest in graduate study and indicate a potential area of research interest and thesis advisor.
  6. identify a thesis advisor.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Biology requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours with at least 21 hours at the 6000 level.

Candidate must

  1. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations (may be taken no more than twice) the semester before graduation;
  2. present and successfully defend the thesis in a public forum;
  3. complete   and submit a Research and Thesis Approval Form and a copy of the research proposal to the graduate program director before the end of the second semester of study.

Curriculum: Biology

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements. In addition, a maximum of 15 hours of thesis research may be required to fulfill degree requirements.

Required Courses (6 hours)

Electives (21 hours)

  •  Must be selected from BIOL courses or other elective courses approved by the thesis advisor and MS program director.

Thesis Research (3-15 hours)

NOTE: No more than 15 hours of thesis research may be applied toward degree requirements.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

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