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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biology (M.S.)

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Purdue University
Master of Science (M.S.)
Department of Biology  
College of Arts and Sciences

Elliott Blumenthal, Chair
Frank V. Paladino, Graduate Program Director
260-481-6305 ~ Science Building 330

The graduate program in Biology helps you prepare to become a research scientist in academia, industry, or government, to obtain advanced education as a high-school teacher, or to pursue further study in a professional or Ph.D. program.

Courses and faculty research cover a wide range of specific disciplines within biology: behavior, cancer biology, developmental biology, ecology, forestry, genetics, herpetology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology, toxicology, and virology.

Degree Requirements

This program includes Nonthesis and Thesis degree options.  Each option is described below:

Nonthesis Option

If you select this option, at least 30 credit hours of graduate course work are required. Fifteen of the credit hours must be at the 500 level within the Department of Biology. The remaining 15 hours can be fulfilled by some combination of the following: additional BIOL courses at the 500- level; up to 9 credit hours of BIOL 59500 Special Assignments; up to 6 credit hours of undergraduate courses at the 300- or  400-level taken from other departments (students must earn a grade of no lower than B); or up to 15 credits of 500 - level courses in other departments. Students also must satisfactorily complete a written examination prepared by each committee member during the student’s last semester. A passing grade of B must be earned on the final exam. Students will have two attempts to pass the exam.

Thesis Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of formal course work and research credits combined. A minimum of 18 credit hours of formal course work approved by the student’s committee is required. The remaining 12 credits can be exclusively BIOL 69800 Research M.S. Thesis or a combination of no less than 9 credits BIOL 69800 and a maximum of 3 credits of BIOL 59500 Special Assignments. BIOL 59500 credits cannot be included in the 18 hours of formal course work. Students must present their research to the department in a seminar and pass a final oral defense of their thesis work after they have submitted their thesis to the examining committee.

Description of Graduate Courses

The courses are grouped in the following three categories according to their content.

Total Minimum Credits: 30

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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