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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Biology MS Degree

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Biology M.S.

Graduate Student Doing Field ResearchTwo alternative paths are available to our graduate students. Although the rigor of the two programs is equivalent, a completed thesis is not required for the alternate plan option.

  • Thesis Plan Option - 30 graduate-level credits required
  • Alternate Plan Paper Option - 34 graduate-level credits required

Required Core (7 credits)

  • BIOL 601 Biometrics (2 credits)
  • BIOL 602 Research Methods/Proposal (2 credits)
  • BIOL 695 Graduate Seminar (1 credit; 3 Seminar credits required)

Required Selected Topics (4 credits)

  • BIOL 619 Selected Topics (2-3 credits)
  • BIOL 606 Paradigms in Ecology (2 credits)
  • BIOL 605 Ethical Issues in Biological Research (2 credits)
  • ENVR 619 Selected Topics (2-3 credits)

Required Electives (13-22 credits)

  • any 500- or 600-level Biology courses in consultation with your graduate advisor


Required Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

  • BIOL 699 Thesis (3-6 credits)
  • OR

  • BIOL 694 APP (1-2 credits)

Note: At least one-half of the required graduate credits for the program must be at the 600-level, not including thesis or alternate plan paper credits. For example:

  • The thesis track requires at least 12 credits of 600-level courses (not including BIOL 699).
  • The alternate plan paper track requires at least 16 credit credits of 600-level courses (not including BIOL 694).

Application Information


Minnesota State University Mankato
Department of Biological Sciences
S-242 Trafton Science Center South
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-2786

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