Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation as part of their application
to graduate study.
Applicants must include a one-page written statement that outlines their reasons for
pursuing graduate study in biology and the specific area of biology in which they
Applicants must fill out a supplemental application for graduate study in biology
by the end of their first semester of study, available from the biology coordinator,
in which they identify their preferred adviser and indicate whether they intend to
pursue the thesis or non-thesis option, and whether they intend to be a full-time
or part-time student.
Minimum academic prerequisites for admissions include two semesters of general chemistry,
two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of physics, one semester of calculus,
one course in statistics, and 17 semester credits of coursework in the biological
Because of space and personnel limitations, admission of academically qualified applicants
is contingent upon the availability of laboratory space, the adviser whom they identify,
and the appropriateness of the student's background to the chosen area of concentration.
The supplemental application form will not be required to be admitted into the graduate
program. Instead, students (thesis and nonthesis) will have until the end of their
first semester to choose an adviser and a committee. Continued enrollment in the program
is contingent upon the student finding a faculty member who is willing to act as his
or her adviser.
Deadline Dates for Applications: April 15 for all students wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships for
the following September; April 15 for the fall semester; October 15 for the spring
semester. We have rolling admissions into our program. If you do not wish to apply
for an assistantship there is no deadline for applications. However, if you wish to
apply for fall semester it is recommended that you have your application materials
to the graduate office by July 15, and for spring semester by November 15.
Other Important Information
Students who are lacking some of the prerequisite courses may be granted provisional
matriculation status and given permission to pursue the M.S. degree while correcting
The M.S. in biology may be completed under either the thesis or nonthesis option.
Switching between the two options is possible early in the program, but will require
the student to organize a new advisory committee, take additional courses, and spend
additional time completing the program.