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The Master of Science in Biology - Thesis Option

The Master of Science in Biology (Biological Sciences) program is designed to prepare students for a career in private industry or for continued graduate study. For those who have a Class A Standard Educator License, this degree meets the requirement for Class AA Standard Educator License.

Admission to the Master of Science in Biology;  Thesis Option

Students successfully completing at least eight (8) hours of graduate-level biology courses at Mississippi College may be invited to pursue the  Master of Science in Biology; Thesis Option. The required eight academic hours may not include research hours, BIO 6330 Seminar Observation or BIO 6430 Graduate Seminar.  Special topics courses and field studies courses may be used only with permission of the Chair. Opportunity for admission to the Master of Science in Biology; Thesis Option will be based on performance in the MS Biology or MS Medical Sciences Program and the availability of space in the Master of Science in Biology; Thesis Option program.

Requirements of the Program

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work with at least one-half of the hours being 6000 level. Twenty-one to 30 graduate hours must be in biology. Up to 9 hours can be taken in graduate-level mathematics, chemistry, computer science and/or physics. Students who are using this degree to meet the requirements for Class AA Standard Educator License may take six hours of graduate level education (EDU) courses as part of their 30 total hours.  Students may not use the following courses to complete the MS Biology degree: BIO 5403 -Vertebrate Histology, BIO 5404 - Pharmacology I, BIO 5405 - Pharmacology II, BIO 5410 - Human Gross Anatomy, BIO 5412 - Medical Physiology I, BIO 5413 - Medical Physiology II, and  BIO 5425 - Human Neuroanatomy.
  2. Of the 30 required semester hours,   a minimum 15 hours must be in non-research-based courses.   Special topics courses and field studies courses may be used only with permission of the Chair.
  3. Students who wish to complete the thesis option must complete BIO 6563 - Thesis I (3 hours) and BIO 6564 - Thesis II (3 hours) in addition to 6 hours of research.  
  4. Candidates for the MS in Biology must either take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements or complete BIO 6430 - Graduate Seminar.   If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be taken once in the following semester or summer term.  The oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis.  If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be taken once in the following semester or summer term.