Master of Science in Biology

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The Master of Science in Biology program provides a demanding and rewarding experience in biology, leading to competent scholarship and research capability. The department emphasizes research as a basic component of graduate study. A variety of research specialties are available within the department, including aquatic and riparian ecology, fisheries biology, embryology, physiology, exercise physiology, wildlife biology, mycology, plant ecology, microbiology, and immunology. Our contact page provides more information on faculty research interests.

Graduates of the biology program either continue in PhD programs, or are employed in various biological fields with federal, state, tribal, and local agencies, environmental consulting firms, private conservation organizations, public and private schools or private industry.

AdmissionCourse Requirements

Admission

Applicants to the MS in Biology must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree in biology, or related natural science, from an accredited college or university. Students, who have deficiencies for admission or deficiencies, as determined by their graduate committee, may be allowed to make up deficient course work while enrolled in graduate school.

Before applying to the Biology Graduate Program, students should first identify and communicate with a prospective faculty advisor.

When applying, you will be required to submit official transcripts, GRE scores, and two Recommendation Forms.

If you wish to apply for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, all application materials must be complete by February 20th.

If you have questions regarding the Master’s program, please contact biologymasters@ewu.edu.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Biology, Master of Science (MS)

Teaching: All Master of Science students in biology are required to either teach at least one quarter as a paid teaching assignment or arrange a teaching experience in consultation with their graduate committee. Students who do not have a paid teaching assignment may arrange to receive BIOL 595 credit for the development and execution of this teaching experience.

Final Comprehensive Examination: The final comprehensive examination for the Master of Science in biology consists of a research seminar and an oral defense of the master’s thesis presented to the department. Immediately following the student’s seminar, an oral examination is administered by the student’s committee, which is composed of two or three departmental faculty members and a faculty member appointed by the Graduate Programs office. The focus of the examination is the student’s thesis and general biology knowledge.

Graduate Core
BIOL 500RESEARCH SEMINAR (must be repeated)2
BIOL 510BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS I4
BIOL 511BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS II4
Plus any three of the following (6 credits, though additional current topics may be taken for elective credits)6
CURRENT TOPICS IN PHYSIOLOGY
CURRENT TOPICS IN CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
CURRENT TOPICS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
GROWTH OF BIOLOGICAL THOUGHT
Electives16
To be determined in consultation with student's graduate committee. All 400 and 500 level courses may be used as electives; if a course is stacked as a 400- or 500-level course, students must enroll at the 500-level.
Thesis
To be determined in consultation with student's graduate committee. All Master's of Science in Biology students are required to conduct original research toward their Master's thesis.
BIOL 600THESIS RESEARCH (must be repeated)14
Total Credits46

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