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Graduate Programs in Natural Sciences

GPNS Programs

The College of Science and Mathematics offers Master of Science degrees in three disciplines within the Natural Sciences: Biology MS, Chemistry MS, and Biochemistry MS. 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 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. A unique feature of the program is its 3+2 plan which is described elsewhere in this catalog. The 3+2 plan allows a student to simultaneously receive a BS and an MS degree in five years. The Master of Science in Biology requires 30 or 32 semester credit hours of approved graduate course work for, respectively, the thesis (30) or the non-thesis option (32).

CHEMISTRY (MS)

The graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Chemistry prepares students to apply fundamental chemistry principles to more advanced questions encountered in industry, government, business, and education. Graduates from this program will be able to apply techniques of scientific research in the chemical sciences to real-world problems. Course work may include several important areas in the chemical and natural sciences, including advanced instrumental techniques, and environmental concerns. This program also offers a 3+2 plan described elsewhere, which allows students to simultaneously complete requirements for a BS and MS degree in five years. The Master of Science in Chemistry requires 30 or 32 semester credit hours of approved graduate course work in either the thesis or non-thesis option, respectively.

BIOCHEMISTRY (MS)

The graduate degree program outlined leads to the degree of Master of Science in Biochemistry. The degree program prepares graduates for professional employment or for further advanced studies in molecular biosciences, including biochemistry and biotechnology. Course work for this degree option includes several important classes at the intersection of the biological and chemical sciences, including advanced topics in cellular biology, biochemistry, and laboratory techniques. This program also offers a 3+2 plan, described elsewhere, which allows students to simultaneously complete requirements for a BS and MS degree in five years. The Master of Science in Biochemistry requires 30 semester credit hours of approved graduate course work in the thesis option.
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