Winthrop University: Graduate School - MS in Biology Program Requirements with Thesis
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Master of Science in Biology Program Requirements with Thesis


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The Master of Science degree in Biology requires the completion of at least 30 semester hours of approved graduate-level courses. At least half the work presented for the degree must be 600-level courses. At least 24 semester hours of these courses must be in biology.

Each graduate student in biology, before receiving the Master of Science degree, must attend a minimum of five departmental seminar programs. Attendance does not carry course credit.

Each student must complete 30 semester hours of course work including a thesis. Each student has an advisory committee of three faculty members, including a principal advisor who directs and approves thesis research and writing. The thesis is defended before the advisory committee, and a seminar presentation is given to the entire faculty. 

Program Requirements  (Semester Hours)

BIOL 601 Theory and Method in Biology (3)  
BIOL 610 Recent Advances in Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIOL 611 Recent Advances in Organismic and Developmental Biology
BIOL 612 Recent Advances in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology (3)  
BIOL 695 Thesis (3)
BIOL 696 Thesis (3)
BIOL 697 Presentation of Biological Research (1)  
500-600 level BIOL electives (11)
500-600 level approved electives (6)   Total Semester Hours   30

Note: Registration for GSTC 600, Continuing Graduate Studies, maybe required. The student should check with the advisor.   Visit the graduate course descriptions webpage to view course descriptions.


Last Updated: 1/18/23