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Biology is a rapidly changing science that incorporates molecular and cellular biology; behavioral and molecular ecology; developmental biology; organismal, ecological and evolutionary genetics; microbiology; aerobiology; molecular systematics; and neuroscience. Flexible degree requirements lead to careers in biology, health fields and professional or graduate school.

Overview

Students work directly with faculty in a specified area of research and plan a program of courses and overall research goals in consultation with their supervising professor. We prepare these graduate students for careers in education, industry and government, or for continued graduate studies. A wide range of research opportunities are available to graduate students including basic studies in bioinformatics, cellular and molecular biology, developmental biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, molecular systematics, neuroscience, virology and other areas. In addition to laboratory based studies, research opportunities are available at field sites in northeast Oklahoma and field stations in other locations. An in-depth understanding of one area of specialization is achieved through elective courses, independent study and dissertation research.

Program Objectives

Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Thesis Track)

The focus of the program is to offer quality graduate level courses in advanced topics in biological science and graduate M.S. students prepared for an advanced degree program (e.g. M.D., D.O., Pharm.D., D.D.S) including those with a research focus (e.g. Ph.D), or research technician positions in industry or academia. Graduating students will be able to:

  1. Conduct original research of significant magnitude for publication.
  2. Exhibit knowledge of the scientific study undertaken beyond that expected of a technician.
  3. Write up and defend research results.

Master of Science in Biological Sciences (Non-Thesis Track)

The focus of the program is to offer quality graduate level courses in advanced topics in biological science and graduate M.S. students prepared for non-research positions or advanced degree programs not involving research (e.g. M.D., D.O., Pharm.D., D.D.S). Graduating students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit knowledge beyond the B.S. level within a selected special focus area of biological science.
  2. Effectively give an oral presentation on the selected area of focus.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences

The program’s focus is to offer quality graduate level courses in advanced topics in biology, and to graduate Ph.D. students prepared for leadership roles in both academia and industry. Graduating students will have:

  1. An in-depth understanding of a particular set of sub-fields within the biological sciences, which involves both knowledge of the literature and analytical ability to relate existing studies to alternative theories.
  2. Conducted original research, with a leadership role in the experimental design, and the research will be of a magnitude that it could lead to several publications.
  3. Developed communication skills to function successfully in the scientific community.
  4. Developed research skills to the degree that they can work as independent scientists.
Graduate Degree Options

Biological Science, Non-Thesis, M.S.

Study animal behavior, developmental biology, ecology, environmental science, evolution, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and cellular and organismic biology.

Biological Science, Thesis, M.S.

Study animal behavior, developmental biology, ecology, environmental science, evolution, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and cellular and organismic biology.

Biological Science, M.S. (Accelerated Master’s)

Allows TU undergraduate student to being logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.

Biological Science, Ph.D.

Specialized training in select areas of biological science relevant to the research interests of individual faculty members.

Biological Science, J.D./M.S.

A joint Juris Doctor/Master of Science program also is available for students interested in an interdisciplinary degree including training in law and biological science.

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results