Program Overview

Advance your career in the biological sciences, education, or health fields with a Master of Science in Biology from WCU. Our program provides students with advanced knowledge of biological content and application of biological research methods and techniques. The program focuses on content in cellular, ecological, genetic, microbial, molecular, organismal, and other areas of biology. Labs feature state-of-the-art microscopy and cell and molecular biology instrumentation and equipment, an herbarium, a research greenhouse, and aquatic and terrestrial animal facilities. In addition, the Robert Gordon Natural Area provides opportunities for field research in forest and riparian habitats right on campus. Master’s degree candidates gain expertise in the latest approaches to biostatistics, experimental design, information literacy, and communicating biological knowledge. The thesis track provides a more intensive experience through an independent research project. WCU’s approach prepares our students to apply knowledge and skills gained throughout the program to their careers and additional graduate and professional pursuits.


Program Highlights

  • Largest MS in Biology program at a public university in southeastern Pennsylvania

  • Located within 50 miles of one of the largest concentrations of pharmaceutical companies in the country, many of whom employ both candidates and graduates

  • Modern microbiology and molecular labs including a microscopy lab

  • Animal facilities, a greenhouse, and an herbarium provide unique learning and research opportunities

  • Faculty with expertise in physiological and population ecology

  • On campus forest and stream habitats for ecological field study

  • Over 100 K-12 schools within 50 miles of campus

  • One on one advising by faculty for MS and MS Thesis approaches


What can I do with this degree?

Graduates from the program have gone on to become leading research biologists for private companies, consulting firms, government agencies, and educational institutions. Others have gone on to dental and medical schools and pursued doctoral degrees. Ultimately, our alumni have shown success in many fields and the Department of Biology is proud to have been at the center of their professional development. Here is just a selection of positions held by our graduates:

  • Animal ecologist or zoologist
  • Biology teacher or college instructor
  • Biology technician
  • Botanist or plant ecologist
  • Dentist, doctor of osteopathy, medical doctor, and ophthalmologist
  • Environmental and biological consultant
  • Genetic, microbial, or molecular researcher
  • Marine biologist
  • Neurologist
  • Virologist

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