Biology Education MS Degree

The Master of Science in Biology Education is for students interested in broadening their knowledge in biology and education. Teaching licensure is not a prerequisite to pursuing this degree. Those with a teaching licensure can also apply if they wish to pursue enrichment in a teaching area. This degree does not lead to initial teaching licensure. Students who desire initial licensure should consult the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Please see the section concerning the MAT program at the College of Education web pages.

Two 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 (11 credits)

  • BIOL 601 Biometrics (2 credits)
  • BIOL 602 Research Methods/Proposal (2 credits)
  • BIOL 695 Graduate Seminar (1 credit; 3 Seminar credits required)
  • BIOL 619 Selected Topics (2-3 credits; 4 Selected Topics credits required)
  • ENVI 619 Selected Topics (3 credits) may be taken to satisfy 3 credits of the BIOL 619 requirement

Required Biology Electives (1-10 credits)

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

Required Professional Education (6 credits)

  • Choose 6 credits of professional education courses in consultation with an advisor

Required Related Science Electives (6 credits)

  • Choose 6 credits of related science courses in consultation with an advisor.

Required Thesis or Alternate Plan Paper

  • BIOL 699 Thesis (3-6 credits)
  • OR
  • BIOL 694 APP (1-2 credits)