Biology

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major:Biology
Specializations:Biology (thesis)
Biology (non-thesis)
Department:Biology
Building 58, Room 79
(850) 474-2748
http://uwf.edu/biology
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:26.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 33-36

The M.S. in Biology offers two areas of specialization:

  • Biology Specialization (thesis)
  • Biology Specialization (non-thesis)

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the applicant must meet the following minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Verbal score of at least 450 and Quantitative score of at least 550 on the old GRE score format, or Verbal score of at least 151 and Quantitative score of at least 152 on the new GRE format.
  • Earned baccalaureate degree
    • Thesis Track: Applicants for the thesis track should hold a B.S. in Biology or a related field from an accredited college or university. Applicants applying for admission to the thesis track with a B.A. in Biology or a B.S. degree in another area must have satisfactorily completed all upper and lower division core classes (or equivalents) required of UWF biology undergraduates.
    • Non-Thesis Track: Applicants applying for admission to the non-thesis track with a B.S. or B.A. in another area must have satisfactorily completed all upper and lower division core classes (or equivalents) required of UWF biology undergraduates.
  • Submission of a letter describing the student’s area of interest within biology, relevant past experience, future objectives, and, for students applying to the thesis track, the name of a UWF faculty member who has agreed to serve as their thesis advisor.
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the student’s academic ability.
  • Applicants for the thesis track must have a faculty member who has agreed to provide laboratory space and serve as the applicant’s major advisor. Applicants are urged to speak with prospective faculty advisors prior to the application deadline date. Prior to registration, students in the non-thesis tracks must consult with the faculty advisor assigned to oversee the program into which the student has been accepted.

Department Guidelines

Individual faculty members may request exemptions from some of the departmental, but not University, requirements listed above for specific students. Students desiring to transfer from a non-thesis to a thesis specialization must fulfill all requirements for admission to that specialization.

Departmental Application Deadlines and Review Process

Prospective students must submit the materials by the first Monday in June to be considered for admission in the fall semester, or by the first Monday in October to be considered for spring admission, or by the first Monday in March for admission in the summer semester. To be considered for financial aid within the department, all prospective students for each academic year must also submit these materials by the first Monday in March.

The completed application will be reviewed by the faculty and by the graduate program committee. Conditional admission may require the student to complete the appropriate foundation courses with grades of “B” or better. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Students must also complete a departmental data sheet as part of the admission process. Students will be notified of the final decision on their admission to the program.