All students must meet the Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Programs
An accelerated master's degree in biology can be earned in a shortened time by applying and being accepted in the junior year of undergraduate work. Biology, Zoology, Neuroscience or Environmental Science B.S. majors should discuss this possibility with the department’s graduate program director as soon as they think they might be interested in the program. The AMP M.S. is expected to be earned in one additional year.
Learning goals for AMP students are:
Be able to execute scientific experiments, analyze and communicate experimental results orally and in writing.
Have a working knowledge of the fundamental literature, concepts and ideas of field of study.
Have a broad factual and conceptual knowledge of biology.
Following formal admission to the Accelerated Master's Program, up to six credits of subsequent Biology course work approved for graduate credit taken in the junior and senior year can be counted toward the degree requirement. Courses must be selected from among:
|BIOL 202||Quantitative Biology||3|
|BIOL 203||Population Ecology||3|
|BIOL 204||Adv Genetics Laboratory||4|
|BIOL 205||Adv Genetics Laboratory||4|
|BIOL 208||Morphology&Evolution Insects||0 or 4|
|BIOL 209||Field Zoology||0 or 4|
|BIOL 212||Comparative Histology||0 or 4|
|BIOL 217||Mammalogy||0 or 4|
|BIOL 219||Compar/Func Vertebrate Anatomy||4|
|BIOL 223||Developmental Biology||3|
|BIOL 225||Physiological Ecology||3|
|BIOL 238||Winter Ecology||3|
|BIOL 246||Ecological Parasitology||1 or 3|
|BIOL 254||Population Genetics||0-4|
|BIOL 255||Comparative Physiology||0 or 4|
|BIOL 262||Neurobiology Techniques||4|
|BIOL 263||Genetics Cell Cycle Regulation||3|
|BIOL 264||Community Ecology||3|
|BIOL 265||Developmntl Molecular Genetics||3|
|BIOL 267||Molecular Endocrinology||4|
|BIOL 270||Speciation and Phylogeny||4|
|BIOL 275||Human Genetics||3|
|BIOL 280||Molecular Ecology||0 or 4|
|BIOL 286||Forensic DNA Analysis||3|
|BIOL 295||Advanced Special Topics (with permission)||0-18|
|BIOL 296||Advanced Special Topics (with permission)||1-18|
|BIOL 372||Cutting Edge Topics||2|
|BIOL 381||Special Topics (with permission)||0-4|
Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science for Accelerated Master's Students
To be eligible for the Accelerated Master’s Program, a student must be a declared biological science, zoology, neuroscience or environmental science B.S. major, and have identified a Biology faculty sponsor. Other requirements include a GPA typically higher than 3.10 overall and 3.30 in biology courses. Following admission students are required to take at least three credits of undergraduate research with a Biology faculty member who is the intended research advisor, usually in their senior year. After graduation with the B.S. degree, students are eligible to become candidates for the AMP M.S. degree. There is no GRE requirement for the AMP degree.
Minimum Degree Requirements
Nine or more additional course credits in biology and related fields; thesis research (up to fifteen credits); and successful defense of thesis.
The comprehensive examination must be taken by the end of the second semester as a matriculated graduate student for students admitted under the accelerated program. The examination will cover broad knowledge of the student's discipline. The details and format of the examination and its form (written or oral or both) are decided upon by the studies committee and will be discussed with the student well in advance of the exam.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science
Satisfactory completion of a qualifying examination.