2022 - 2023 Graduate Bulletin

Admission Requirements

  • Comply with the regular admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, which includes an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, and
  • have either:
    a) a bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, mathematics or computer science, or
    b) a minimum of 24 credit hours in undergraduate natural science courses, or equivalents, with a minimum GPA in these courses of 3.0. Students are expected to have sufficient training at the undergraduate or post‐baccalaureate level, which could include employment‐related experience, to successfully undertake the thesis project and the program. Transcripts of applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis with input from the faculty advisor.

Applicants are also expected to have a background in a breadth sciences, with a total of 16 credits of coursework from at least two natural science, mathematics, or computer science disciplines that are not the area of their primary undergraduate training. Other courses may be accepted with the approval of the program advisory board.

Applicants and/or their potential advisors may request special consideration for admission of students with backgrounds that do not meet these expectations. Written requests should be directed to the Program Advisory Board. The program may admit students with deficient backgrounds with conditions that need to be met in a defined period of time.

All Applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and fee.  
  2. Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.
  3. An essay indicating their background, career goals and research interests.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.

Applicants must have a thesis adviser prior to admission. This advisor can be drawn from any of the natural sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics disciplines. Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate with the thesis adviser early in the application process. To identify the adviser, students should contact a faculty member and establish the willingness of that person to serve as the adviser, as indicated by a memorandum from the faculty member to the program advisory board. This memorandum should also indicate the general area of research to be conducted by the student and provide a rationale for the fit of this research area with the mission of the M.S. Integrated Biosciences program.

Application Due Dates

Fall Semester Program Start - Applications will be reviewed from March 1 through May 1. Applicants interested in being considered for a fall‐awarded teaching assistantship must have all materials submitted by March 1.

Winter Semester Program Start - Applications will be reviewed from September 15 through December 1. Applicants interested in being considered for a winter‐awarded teaching assistantship must have all materials submitted by September 15.

Applications must be complete to be considered for admission. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the department and only under extreme circumstances.

MS in Integrated Biosciences Curriculum

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Biology department page.

Total Credits Required 32
Required Courses 4 - 10
BI 500 Planning and Proposing Scientific Research 2
BI 589 Research in Biology (1-8) or other equivalent 1 - 4
BI 599A Thesis in Biology (1-4) 1 - 4
Electives 22-28
Students may choose the remainder of their coursework from the following list with the requirement that 3-4 credits be completed in BI, and 7-8 credits in one other prefix, and 3-4 credits in a third prefix in courses of defined content (i.e. not Directed Studies).  
   BI 402 Microbial Ecology   
   BI 404 Virology   
   BI 405 Immunology   
   BI 406 Advanced Cell Biology   
   BI 410 Ecology of the Great Lakes   
   BI 411 Limnology   
   BI 412 Biostatistics   
   BI 413 Biochemistry of Development   
   BI 418 Molecular Biology   
   BI 419 Biology of Cancer   
   BI 420 Neuroscience  
   BI 423 Parasitology   
   BI 424 Entomology   
   BI 425 Endocrinology   
   BI 426 Human Histology   
   BI 427 Ecological Animal Physiology   
   BI 428 Behavioral Ecology   
   BI 431 Plant Physiology   
   BI 433 Boreal Flora   
   BI 434 Plant Ecology   
   BI 435 Boreal Ecosystems   
   BI 441 Fisheries Management   
   BI 442 Wildlife Management  
   BI 460 Ichthyology  
   BI 461 Herpetology  
   BI 462 Ornithology  
   BI 463 Mammalogy  
   BI 465 Aquatic Insect Ecology  
   BI 491 Seminar  
   BI 502 Scientific laboratory Instruction  
   BI 510 Advanced Human Physiology  
   BI 511 Advanced Animal Physiology  
   BI 513 Advanced Ecology  
   BI 514 Population Genetics  
   BI 516 Bio Systems Analysis  
   BI 517 Population Ecology  
   BI 518 Gene Structure and Function  
   BI 519 Bioinformatics  
   BI 520 Systematics  
   BI 521 Advanced Exercise Physiology  
   BI 531 Advanced Seminar in Exercise Physiology  
   BI 590 Graduate Seminar in Biology  
   BI 595 Special Topics in Biology  
   BI 596 Special Topics in Biology  
   BI 598 Directed Study Research in Biology  
   CH 435 Gas and Liquid Chromatography  
   CH 436 Modern Spectroscopy  
   CH 437 Atomic Spectrometry  
   CH 440 Forensic Chemistry  
   CH 450 Biochemistry I  
   CH 452 Biochemistry II  
   CH 454 Biochemical Techniques  
   GC 401 Biogeography  
   GC 425 Remote Sensing  
   GC 465 Hydrology  
   MA 595 Special Topics in Mathematics  
   MA 598 Directed Studies in Mathematics  
   PH 598 Directed Study  

Graduation Requirements

Graduates must meet the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin in addition to the following:

  • Complete the minimum number of credits for the degree 
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Successfully complete their capstone thesis