The department offers two distinct Master's level tracks which lead to a Master's of Science degree. In addition, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, we also offer the Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree. The PSM track offered by the Biological Sciences department is the Ecology and Environmental Sustainability track. The department also offers a Ph.D. in Biology where students can choose their preferred specialization in coordination with their academic advisor. Please read on to learn more about each degree. If you have additional questions, please contact our graduate advisor, Lou Densmore.
The Master of Science in Biology provides students with advanced training in biological fields ranging from ecology, evolutionary biology and genomics to cancer biology, comparative physiology and molecular biology. World class research faculty that work with a wide variety of organisms including plants, animals and microbes prepare students for careers in industry or the private sector for students looking for a position right out of graduate school. In addition, those students who wish to pursue a PhD in Biology or other terminal degree often earn the MS in Biology first.
The Master of Science in Microbiology provides students with advanced training in microbiology and biotechnology, addressing the needs of industry and the private sector for students looking for a position right out of graduate school. It also prepares students who wish to earn a PhD in Biology with an emphasis in microbiology or other terminal degree (e.g., MD). Students work with world class researchers in areas as varied as immunology, electron microscopy, microbial ecology, and metagenomics.
Ecology and Environmental Sustainability, PSM
The Professional Science Master's degree (PSM) in Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resource Management is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates for science careers in business, government, or nonprofit sectors, and focuses on sustainability science as it applies to natural resources and the environment. The PSM degree combines graduate study in science with training in management, teamwork, financial understanding, marketing concepts and communication skills necessary for a successful professional career.
Degree requirements: Professional Science Master's Degrees in Environmental Sustainability
The terminal basic research degree in Biological Sciences provides students with advanced training and research experience in biological fields ranging from ecology, evolutionary biology and genomics to cancer biology, comparative physiology and molecular biology, as well as in microbiology. You will study with world class research faculty working on every conceivable aspect of plants, animals and microbes. Current research projects are in progress in Texas and other parts of the United States, but also around the world in places like the Far East, Africa and Central and South America. Recent Ph.D. graduates from Biological Sciences have positions in colleges and universities as research and teaching faculty, in governmental agencies (e.g., the Center for Disease Control), and in research foundations (e.g., Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute).
Dual Credit Credential: Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), M.Ed.
The Master's in Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Biology is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares secondary teachers to teach dual credit (high school/college) biology courses. The degree is through the College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The Dual Credit Credential program requires 36 hours, which includes 18 hours of C&I (EDCI) and 18 hours of biology courses. A wide range of biology courses will provide students with advanced training ranging from ecology, evolutionary biology and genomics to plant biology, vertebrate and invertebrate biology. This is a fully online, asynchronous degree. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Dual Credit biology advisor, Stephanie Lockwood.
Degree requirements: Dual Credit Credential (Master's Degree in C&I)