Biology - M.S.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
256 Cunningham Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-3613
kentbiology@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/biology


Description

Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology has been temporarily suspended as of fall 2017.

The Master of Science degree in Biology provides an advanced degree for students who have an undergraduate degree in biology or a related life science. The program is offered for working biologists in various professions including educators teaching science at the secondary level.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology has been temporarily suspended as of fall 2017.

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.00 undergraduate GPA
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 587 TOEFL score (94 on the Internet-based version), minimum 82 MELAB score, minimum 7.0 IELTS score or minimum 65 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:
  1. Understand advanced biological concepts beyond the scope of the typical undergraduate degree, and increase the depth of their knowledge through coursework and hands-on experiences. 
  2. Apply scientific principles and appreciate work outside of their particular field. 
  3. Effectively communicate about science with colleagues as well as those outside of the student's area of expertise. 
  4. Develop the necessary laboratory skills that will allow testing of hypotheses. 
 
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-MS-BSCI]

Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology has been temporarily suspended as of fall 2017.

Major Requirements
Courses selected in consultation with academic faculty advisor 126
BSCI 60199THESIS I 22-6
Students interested in cell-/molecular-/biomedical-/biotechnology-related areas are encouraged to choose from the following:
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOENERGETICS
EUKARYOTIC CELL BIOLOGY
and SELECTED READINGS IN EUKARYOTIC CELL BIOLOGY
IMMUNOLOGY
ENDOCRINOLOGY
MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY I
MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY II
Students interested in ecology are encouraged to choose from the following:
EVOLUTION
MICROBIAL ECOLOGY
LIMNOLOGY
WETLAND ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
Teachers holding or pursuing K-12 licensure are encourged to choose from the following:
EVOLUTION
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOLOGY
Minimum Total Credit Hours:32
1

The Department of Biological Sciences frequently offers special topics classes in specialized areas of interest, which can count towards the degree when part of the approved program of study. Coursework in other fields within the natural and physical sciences may be used to meet credit hour requirements when part of the approved program of study.

Teachers holding or pursuing K-12 licensure must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of biological sciences courses toward the degree. Students holding a bachelor's degree without K-12 licensure must complete a minimum of 23 hours of biological science courses toward the degree.

BSCI 50104 may not be used to fulfill degree requirements. Maximum 4 credit hours may be earned through workshops in the sciences and science education.

2

 After completing 6 credit hours of BSCI 60199, students must register continually for BSCI 60299 until the degree is earned.