Aug 09, 2022  
2021-2022 EIU Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 EIU Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences


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Program Mission: The Master of Science in Biological Sciences offers students the opportunity to pursue advanced training in many areas of modern biology. The size of the program facilitates close contact between the student and graduate faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences.  Experiences provided by the graduate faculty in formal courses, research laboratories, and in diverse field situations are the basis not only for degree requirements but also for continuation of their postgraduate education and placement in a career in the biological sciences.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”).  In addition, applicants must file the following with the Biological Sciences Graduate Program Committee: a Biological Sciences Program Application, a statement of personal goals, and three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic ability.  Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in the biological sciences or a related field, at least a 2.75 GPA during the last two years of undergraduate study, and one year of inorganic chemistry.  At least one course each in calculus, organic chemistry, physics, and statistics is strongly recommended.  Submission of the GRE (General) scores is optional.  Undergraduate course work will be used by the Biological Sciences Graduate Program Committee to diagnose academic deficiencies.  Students may be required to remedy undergraduate deficiencies by taking courses which do not count toward the graduate degree.

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.

Degree Requirements


Degree requirements include those outlined for the master’s degree by the Graduate School (see “Requirements for the Master’s Degree”).  The department offers a thesis option (30 semester hours), a non-thesis option (32 semester hours), and an internship option (32 semester hours).

Students are initially assigned to the Coordinator, Biological Sciences Graduate Program Committee for academic advisement.  A permanent advisor should be selected during the first term of residence.  In consultation with the advisor, the student will select at least two additional graduate faculty to serve as his or her advisory committee.  Each student’s program of study is designed to fit individual student needs and interests within the framework of degree requirements of the Graduate School.

Thesis Option


Total hours: 30

Research and Thesis: 9 hours
Please note that students can take more than 9 hours of BIO 5900 and BIO 5950 for various reasons (for example, to maintain full-time student status), however only a total of 9 hours (BIO 5900 + BIO 5950) will be counted toward the degree
 

Seminar


Seminar: 1-2  hours
A minimum of one seminar hour is required, however, students are allowed to take a maximum of 2 seminars to count as graduate credit. 

Electives


19-20 Hours

All coursework must be from the department of Biological Sciences. A maximum of 12 hours will be counted for courses 4750-4999. No credit will be issued for courses BIO 5980, or BIO 5990.

Non-Thesis Option


Offered Online or On-campus
Total Hours: 32

Seminar


Seminar: 1-2  hours
A minimum of one seminar hour is required, however, students are allowed to take a maximum of 2 seminars to count as graduate credit.
 

Electives


BIO Coursework: 21 - 31 hours
A maximum of 12 hours will be counted for courses 4750-4999. A maximum of 3 hours of BIO 5990 will be counted towards the degree.  No credit will be issued for courses BIO 5900, BIO 5950,or BIO 5980.

A maximum of 10 hours of coursework numbered 5000 and above from the disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Sociology and Geographic Information Systems may be counted towards the degree.

Internship Option


Total Hours: 32

 

Seminar


Seminar: 1-2  hours
A minimum of one seminar hour is required, however, students are allowed to take a maximum of 2 seminars to count as graduate credit.

Electives


Elective Coursework: 24 - 30 hours

All coursework must be from the department of Biological Sciences. A maximum of 12 hours will be counted for courses 4750-4999. No credit will be issued for courses BIO 5900 or BIO 5950.

Graduate Assistantships


Information on graduate assistantships may be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of Graduate Studies or Chair, Biological Sciences, 2070 Life Science Building, EIU.

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