Non-degree Admission. An applicant who is unable to satisfy requirements for full admission may be admitted on a non-degree, watch-care status to improve undergraduate credentials and to meet full admission requirements. No more than 9 graduate level semester hours earned while enrolled under non-degree status may be applied to the emphasis in Biological Sciences. Only credits earned with a grade of B or better may be applied to the emphasis in Biological Sciences.
Complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit, one-half of which must be “600” level, and
Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all coursework listed on the approved program of study and separately in all major courses in biology listed on the program of study, and
Pass a final oral comprehensive examination formulated and administered in part by the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program Committee and in part by the student’s graduate advisory committee and covering the broad discipline of biology and the student’s specific area of interest.
Degree Requirements. A candidate for the Master of Science in Natural Sciences with a Biological Sciences Emphasis is required to:
Fulfill the general University, and
Student Responsibility. The graduate student must accept full responsibility of knowing and following the policies, regulations, and time lines of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biological Sciences requirements rele- vant to the M.S.N.S. degree program.
PHYSICAL SCIENCES EMPHASIS
Full Admission. Full admission status to the Master of Science in Natural Sciences degree program with a Physical Sciences Emphasis may be granted to an applicant with a satisfactory score on a nationally recognized, standardized test of verbal skills AND who
Holds a baccalaureate degree from an institution fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies, and,
Has completed, as a minimum, coursework equivalent to two semesters general chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of quantitative analysis, and one semester of physical chemistry, and
Has earned a minimum acceptable overall undergraduate grade point aver- age of 2.75 with a 3.00 GPA minimum on all major and other relevant coursework completed during the applicant’s last 64 undergraduate hours, and
Has submitted a score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination which is supportive of the applicant’s poten- tial to successfully complete the graduate program, and
Holds or qualifies to hold a Class A teaching certificate, or its equivalent