Master of Science in Biology
The thesis program in biology may be broadly based and include course work in several areas of biology, or it may provide for concentration within a specific area of biology. One of the strengths of these master’s degree programs is that they provide the opportunity for students to participate in an in‐depth graduate research project. Many of these projects utilize field-oriented research because of the unique geographical setting of the university. Laboratory research is also supported in such areas as neurobiology, genetics, virology, immunology and physiology. Department facilities include a green house, aquatics laboratory, herbarium, Lake Superior researchboat, the Longyear Forest, confocal microscope, molecular biology labs, a small‐animal colony, and a zoological collection. The members of the Biology Department faculty all have doctoral degrees, and most are actively involved in the department’s graduate program.
Master of Science in Integrated Biosciences
The master of science degree program in Integrated biosciences is designed to meet the needs of students with an interest in the intersection of biology and the other sciences, technology and engineering fields such as chemistry, physics, geology, atmospherics, climatology, mathematics and computer science. Student thesis projects in this program emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of natural sciences and biology, drawing on diverse knowledge bases and skill sets. Projects are developed at the discretion of the student and the student’s interdisciplinary graduate advisory committee. The advisory committee will review the student’s background and determine what training and/or coursework will be required.
Master of Science in Postsecondary Biology Education
The master of science in postsecondary biology education is tailored to those interested in teaching biology in a college setting, particularly in community colleges. Offered jointly by the Departments of Biology and Education, Leadership & Public Service. This two-year program, including summer session, is focused on coursework in both graduate-level biology concepts and educational instruction. It includes both research experience in biology and hands-on instructional practice.