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Master's Degree in Biology

The graduate plan in Biological Sciences leads to the master of science (M.S.) degree. Applicants for candidacy should have a bachelor's degree in Biology, although applicants with other degrees may apply if their degrees or preparation include a significant number of plan core courses in the Biological Sciences, as well as appropriate chemistry, physics and mathematics courses.
Basic Requirements
Students should have completed the basic requirements for the bachelor of science degree in Biological Sciences at UHCL or the following courses (including prerequisites or equivalents) before applying for admission:
Course Name Course Number
BIOL 3341 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 4341 Biochemistry I
CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2123 Laboratory for Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2125 Laboratory for Organic Chemistry II
PHYS 1301 College Physics I
PHYS 1101 Laboratory for College Physics I
PHYS 1302 College Physics II
PHYS 1102 Laboratory for College Physics II
STAT 3308 Computational Statistics
 
Students should have completed one of the following courses or its equivalent
Course Name Course Number
BIOL 4344 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIOL 4345 Human Physiology
BIOL 4343 Plant Physiology
 
Students should also have completed coursework in at least two of the following areas
Course Name Course Number
BIOL 2321 Microbiology for Science Majors
BIOL 4311 Ecology
BIOL 4347 Cellular Physiology
BIOL 4351 Molecular Biology
 
A maximum of six credit hours of the 4000 level courses listed above, taken as foundation required for admission, may be applied toward the MS degree.

The GRE score (verbal + quantitative) should be a minimum of 290 points, with a minimum quantitative score of 150, verbal score of 140 and writing score of 3.5. As a condition of admittance to the graduate program, students who do not meet School GRE and/or GPA standards will be required to meet additional performance criteria, such as past performance in critical courses, withdrawal and drop history, letters of recommendation, personal knowledge of past performance, improvement on repeated courses, work and/or life experiences and individual faculty support as a mentor in the research laboratory.

All graduate students in the Biological Sciences program must complete a Candidate Plan of Study (CPS) with their assigned faculty advisor before they complete 9 hours of graduate credit. Courses completed past the initial 9 hours that are not on the approved CPS may not be counted toward the degree.

The M.S. in Biological Science requires 36 hours of coursework in one of four Specialization Areas, of which 24 hours must be in biology courses. Students enrolling in the non-thesis option must complete 33 hours of coursework (which may include independent study research) and the capstone course, BIOL 6838 Research Project and Seminar. BIOL 6838 must be taken in the last 12 hours. Alternately, students may elect to pursue the thesis option, which requires 27 hours of coursework, plus BIOL 5530 Research Methods (three hours) and BIOL 6939 Master's Thesis (six hours). Students pursuing the master's thesis option are advised to consult with their faculty adviser early in their studies for guidance in preparation for beginning the thesis.
Certificate in Biotechnology 
Information on the certificate option in Biotechnology can be found on the Biotechnology Website.
Health Professions Advisory Committee 
UHCL Pre-Health Advisory Committee Web page: http://www.uhcl.edu/sce/HPAC
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