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Biological Sciences

Chicago State University

12 months
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630 USD/credit 18900 USD/year
630 USD/credit 18900 USD/year
325 USD/credit 9750 USD/year
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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 at Chicago State University 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 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
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

30 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official High School transcript – Foreign transcripts not written in English must be translated into English by a nationally known credential translator. Applicants must meet a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation – Only accepted by Education Credential Evaluators or World Education Services
  • Official ACT or SAT scores – Must meet a minimum ACT composite of 18 or SAT composite of 960.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (Not required if English is the applicant’s country first language).
  • Personal essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • $30 (U.S.) non-refundable Application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 630 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    18900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 630 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 325 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
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