|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.