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No matter which of the numerous scientific fields they choose, scientists the world over have a few common traits: they are detail-oriented, observant and have questioning minds. They want to solve problems, find evidence and figure out how the world works. Mississippi College’s Biological Sciences department offers a wide variety of biological sciences courses, allowing our quizzical, curious, invested students to prepare for scientific careers in fields like medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, biological research or science education.
At the graduate level, three options will prepare students for a Mississippi medical school, further scientific research or licensure: the M.S. in Biology (Medical Sciences), M.S. in Biology (Biological Sciences) or M.Ed. in Biological Sciences.
The Master of Science in Biology (Medical Sciences) is your best choice if you are looking for medical school preparation in Mississippi. The program can be completed in 12 months and is designed to prepare students to enter medical, dental or pharmacy school, or begin a career in medical science research or as a physician’s assistant. The M.S. in Biology (Medical Sciences) at Mississippi College covers much of the first-year curriculum at a typical medical school, prepping knowledgeable students in areas such as anatomy, physiology, histology, neuroanatomy and embryology. Students will learn in real-world environments like our 5,000-square-foot human cadaver lab and will learn how to read X-rays, CAT scans and MRIs.
Admission requirements for the program include (but are not limited to) minimum MCAT, DAT or GRE scores, plus 16 hours of undergraduate biology, 16 hours of undergraduate chemistry and 8 hours of undergraduate physics.
The Master of Education in Biological Sciences assumes that the student has already satisfactorily completed 24 hours of undergraduate biology coursework. The program will prepare the student for a Class AA Standard Educator License, assuming that he or she has already earned the Class A License.
This coursework will include a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level work, with at least half those hours being 6000-level courses. At least 21 of these hours must be in biological science courses, with up to 9 permissible hours in math, chemistry or physics.
Interested in earning your Master of Science in Biology (Biological Sciences)? Graduate-level work will include 18 hours of credits in professional education core courses, 18 hours in biological sciences and an end-of-program oral exam.
Mississippi College’s research-oriented curriculum offers students exciting marine biology classes in partnership with the Gulf Coast Research Library, including Coastal Vegetation, Aquarium Management, Marine Mammals, Early Life History of Marine Fishes, Parasites of Marine Animals and more.
Mississippi College understands that working adults are often juggling multiple responsibilities every day. Some of those responsibilities include children, a full-time job and other extracurricular activities. No matter what the responsibilities are, Mississippi College wants to make education easier for you. That is why our Master’s degrees in the Biological Sciences are offered in the evenings.
If you are interested in earning your Master of Education in a scientific discipline or sitting for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) exam as your next step on the path to a rewarding medical career, and you are searching colleges in Mississippi to help you achieve this goal, contact us today for more information.