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Biological Science M.S.

Biological Sciences

The graduate plan in Biological Sciences leads to the master of science (MS) 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. The biological sciences program prepares students for careers in the fields of biomedical research, biotechnology, medicine and health, and environmental sciences. Students who earn a master of science may also pursue further professional training in medical, dental, or Ph.D. programs.

Students should have completed the basic requirements for the bachelor of science degree in Biological Sciences at UHCL or courses listed on the degree plan (including prerequisites or equivalents) before applying for admission. 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.

For students pursuing the Pre-Health Specialization only, MCAT or DAT scores will be considered as grounds for waiving the GRE requirement.  A copy of the official MCAT/DAT test score report must be provided.

All graduate students in the Biological Sciences program must complete a Candidate Plan of Study (CPS) with their assigned faculty adviser 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.

Biological Science The Master of Science in Biological Science with a Pre-Health focus consists of coursework that is intended to prepare the student for medical/dental/physician assistant/allied health school curricula.
Environmental Science Bachelor of Science The Master of Science  in Biological Science with a Cell/Molecular focus consists of coursework that is intended to prepare the student for a career in biomedical research.
Biological Sciences The Master of Science in Biological Science with an Ecology/Microbiology/Aquatic and Marine Biology focus consists of coursework that is intended to prepare the student for a career in environmental biology research, consulting, or in the government/regulatory sector.
Environmental Science Bachelor of Science TheMaster of Science in Biological Science with a Plant Biology focus consists of coursework that is intended to prepare the student for a career in plant biochemistry and genetics, nutritional biochemistry and biomedical research.

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Last updated: 10/18/2016 UTC
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