Department of Biology and Agriculture
Biology, Master of Science
This program is designed for the student seeking advanced training in professional biology, including the teaching of biology.
To be accepted into the program, a student must have:
- a minimum of 30 semester hours in biology, 8 hours of chemistry, a statistics course, a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 2.50 in biology and 2.50 overall.
- submitted to the department graduate coordinator the contact information for three references, a letter of intent, and documentation of a UCM faculty agreeing to serve as advisor
- Students may be admitted into the program provisionally if the deficiencies in courses are satisfied in addition to program requirements.
- Students may take graduate courses once accepted by UCM Graduate School but must have an advisor before acceptance into this degree program.
A student must submit a thesis and present a departmental seminar (Plan A) or satisfy the additional course requirements shown below (Plan B). All biology graduate students must comply with “The Graduate Guide”. All students must pass an oral examination before completion of the program. Sem. Hours
REQUIRED GRADUATE COURSES 19-22
Biol 5005 Graduate Seminar 2
Biol 4013 Experimental Design and Analysis OR a graduate level statistics course 3
Biol 5031 Biological Literature 2
Biol 5952 Graduate Research 4
CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING ELECTIVES 6
Biol 5013 Biometry 2
Biol 5015 Technical Graphing & Data Illustration 1
Biol 5016 Statistical Software Application 1
Biol 5017 Quantitative Biology 2
Biol 5006 Contemporary Seminar Readings 2
Biol 5008 Grant Writing for Science Research 2
Biol 5032 History of Biology 2
Biol 5614 Bioterrorism 2
Biol 5720 Biogeography 2
CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING PLANS 2-5
PLAN A: Biol 5951 Master’s Thesis 2
PLAN B: Additional approved electives 5
BIOLOGY ELECTIVES AND/OR RELATED AREAS: 13
MINIMUM TOTAL: Plan A 32 hrs OR Plan B 35 hrs
Note: In addition to the Department degree requirements, the following University requirements must be satisfied: At least 50% of the semester hours on the approved program must have been in 5000/6000 level courses for graduate students only. A student is limited to a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit in Biol 5951 and 5952 combined on a Master’s degree program.
Application to the Biology MS Program is a two-step process. First, you must apply to the Graduate School and specify "MS; Biology" as the degree you wish to seek. Second, you must apply to the Biology MS Program.
Graduate Coordinator, MS in Biology Program
Department of Biology & Agriculture
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Please call the department at 660-543-4933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need additonal information.