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Chicago State University

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The Department of Biological Sciences from Chicago State University offers graduate study leading to a Master of Science degree. 

Overview

The selection of specialties, called tracks, available in the program provides an opportunity for continuing education in biology beyond the bachelor's degree for teachers, technicians, future Ph.D. candidates, and persons in the allied health professions, medical and other related fields.

Students may choose from one of four tracks of study for the Master's Degree in Biological Sciences. Each track consists of a defined set of lecture and laboratory courses that will enable the student to receive a structured graduate-level education by focusing on a particular area of biology. The courses for the tracks listed below are taken in addition to the five courses required for all biology graduates students (BIOL 5090, 5015, 5100, 5040, 5700) for a total of 30 credit hours, 18 of which must be at the 5000 level.

Graduate Program

The Department of Biological Sciences offers graduate study leading to a Master of Science degree. The selection of specialties, called tracks, available in the program provides an opportunity for continuing education in biology beyond the bachelor's degree for teachers, technicians, future Ph.D. candidates, and persons in the allied health professions, medical and other related fields.

Departmental Requirements for Admission  Fulfillment of the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Completion of a minimum of fifteen hours in the biological sciences with a minimum average of B (3.0). Applicants with less than a B average may be considered for conditional admission on a three-course basis.

General Requirements See Graduate Student Handbook for more information

Completion of 30 semester hours of approved graduate courses in the biological sciences, including: BIOL 5090, 5015, 5100, 5040, 5700; and at least six additional semester hours of 5000-level courses.

Completion of a written thesis based on laboratory/field studies or library research. Requirements for the thesis must be completed in the following order:

  • Completion of BIOL 5090 and BIOL 5015
  • Selection of thesis advisor
  • Completion of BIOL 5100 and BIOL 5040
  • Selection of a thesis committee composed of a thesis advisor and two additional faculty members.
  • Submission of thesis proposal.
  • Approval of thesis proposal by thesis committee.
  • Registration in BIOL 5700.
  • Successful oral defense of the thesis within two attempts.

A maximum of six semester hours for the thesis course (BIOL 5700) will be applied toward the master's degree for a laboratory/field based thesis. The student must declare and adhere to a curriculum specified by one of the following tracks of study: Microbial/Molecular Biology; Applied Physiology; Environmental Biology, Chemical Biology. A student who is currently active as a secondary school teacher may design a curriculum of courses from each of these four tracks only after consultation with the graduate advisor and approval of the curriculum by the graduate faculty.

Tracks of Study Students may choose from one of four tracks of study for the Master's Degree in Biological Sciences. Each track consists of a defined set of lecture and laboratory courses that will enable the student to receive a structured graduate-level education by focusing on a particular area of biology. The courses for the tracks listed below are taken in addition to the five courses required for all biology graduates students (BIOL 5090, 5015, 5100, 5040, 5700) for a total of 30 credit hours, 18 of which must be at the 5000 level.

Microbial/Molecular TrackBIOL 5510, 5280, and two of the following courses: BIOL 5520, 5900, 5730, or 5450

Applied Physiology TrackPSLY 5210, 5330, 5200, 5035.

Environmental Biology TrackFifteen credit hours of biological sciences, six of which must be at the 5000-level selected from the following: BIOL5070, 5730, 5550, 5190. Other courses may be substituted only with the prior written approval of the department.

Chemical Biology TrackCHEM 5000, 5302, BIOL 5500, 5510, and Psly 5700. Depending on the number of thesis credit hours, the remaining electives should be at the 5000 level. Electives can come from either biology or chemistry electives. Elective credits may range from 4-6 credits depending on the number of 5700 credits requested. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biometrics
  • Seminar in Research
  • Environmental Impact Analysis/Lecture and Laboratory
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology Laboratory
  • Environmental Biology
  • Critical Analysis of Research Literature
  • Human Biology For Social Work
  • Methodology Of Research
  • Human Genetics 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed and signed undergraduate admission application;
  • An official high school transcript signed and bearing the school seal, class rank, class size, and date of graduation (if available);
  • Official ACT or SAT scores
  • Personal Essay
  • Secondary School Report and
  • Application fee or fee waiver.

Course Requirements: 

Fulfillment of the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Completion of a minimum of fifteen hours in the biological sciences with a minimum average of B (3.0). Applicants with less than a B average may be considered for conditional admission on a three-course basis.

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