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Biological Sciences, MS

The program leading to the Master of Science provides students with the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in modern interdisciplinary biology in preparation for careers as professional biologists in industry, government, or education and research organizations or for further professional training.

Students may pursue an M.S. degree in biology through one of two options.

Option 1 requires the submission and oral defense of a thesis based on original research performed while enrolled as a graduate student at the university. Although there is little specific course work required for this option, candidates will be advised to enroll in graduate-level courses deemed appropriate for successful understanding of the research to be undertaken.

Option 2 is a course work option that requires the successful completion of 30 semester credits of graduate-level course work, including a critical literature review, a laboratory rotation, and a final oral examination. The desired option can be elected by students only after consultation with the chair of the graduate committee. Consideration for electing the appropriate option must be given to the availability of research topics and advisors and to the student’s research and educational interests.

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Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: Fall / Spring
Estimated Total Tuition: $26,516
Location: FairbornOHUnited States

Major research interests of the department include diverse studies of life processes having a biomedical focus and include:  structure and function of biological macromolecules, molecular genetics, metabolomics and systems biology. Specific research projects deal with the structure and function of membranes, proteins and enzymes, nucleic acids, chromatin structure and function, molecular genetics of disease, nucleotide metabolism, microbial systems biology, and the use of magnetic resonance to study biochemical phenomena .

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Areas of specialization available through the Department of Biological Sciences are:

  • Wetlands Restoration
  • Parasitology and Microbiology
  • Morphological and Molecular Evolution
  • Speciation and Ecological Genetics
  • Nuclear structure and Function
  • Virology and cell communication
  • Comparative & Ecological Physiology
  • Cellular Mechanism in Skin
  • Scientific Inquiry in Learning and Teaching
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Large-scale ecology, Conservation, and Forest Ecology

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