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MS Biology

GPNS Programs

The College of Science and Mathematics offers Master's of Science degrees in three disciplines within the Natural Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry. Students completing any of these degrees will develop advanced skills in the general discipline of choice and will apply these skills in the completion of a thesis research project or internship.

Biology (MS)

The graduate program leading to the degree of Master's of Science in Biology prepares students to apply basic scientific principles to the practical biological problems encountered in business, industry, government, and education.  Graduates from the program will be able to apply the techniques of scientific research to real-world biological problems. Course work may include several important areas relevant to biology, including biotechnology, bio-fuels, statistics, environmental, molecular, and cellular biology. 

3 + 2

A unique feature of the Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry Master's of Science programs is the 3+2 plan which allows students to simultaneously receive a Bachelor's of Science and a Master's of Science degree in five years.   


Admission to the program has three cornerstones:

  1. Faculty mentorship
      The student will determine a faculty mentor who agrees to undertake the apprenticeship of the student.
      The faculty mentor will chaperone the admissions process with a letter of support for the student that briefly outlines the pending partnership.
  2. Undergraduate preparation
      Undergraduate transcripts will reflect satisfactory completion of coursework that reflects appropriate preparation for the specific project that is planned.
      Students will have a bachelor degree except in the case of 3 + 2 students.
      The cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) will be at or above 3.0 (4.0 scale). Core science GPA must be above 3.0.
  3. Combined General Graduate Record Examination scores will be above 300 as well as a satisfactory score on the written component.
      Decisions on admission will be determined by the biology department after all application materials are received from the admissions office.

A completed application package includes:

  • Official transcripts
  • Official GRE scores
  • 2 letters of recommendation addressing the student’s qualifications and aptitude to succeed in the program.
  • A letter of support from a potential faculty mentor
  • An application letter discussing research/internship interest that also explains the student’s purpose for obtaining the degree
  • $35 processing fee

Financial Support

Find out how we can help support you through departmental teaching assistantships (TA), research assistantships (RA), continuing faculty grants and/or various scholarships and fellowships.

View our website on Graduate Programs in Natural Science for more information on the program or contact program directors at:

College of Science and Mathematics

Director for  MS Biology: Dr. Claire Ramos

Life Science Building, Room 222
Phone: 719.549.2509

Director for MS Chemistry &  MS Biochemistry: Dr. Richard Farrer

Chemistry Building, Room 213
Phone: 719.549.2569 / 719.549.2574

Spring 2022 Registration is Open

To register for Spring 2022 courses, students will need to meet with their academic success coach or faculty mentor, submit proof of vaccination or exemption, and self-register through Banner.

Registration Requirements

Submit Proof of Vaccination or Exemption

CARES Funding

Student wearing face mask

CARES Funding is available for eligible students to help pay for cost of attendance needs such as food, housing, childcare, health care, course materials, technology, tuition assistance, and other critical needs.

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