Graduate Degree - Biological Science-Interdepartmental - Master of Science

Biological Science-Interdepartmental - Master of Science
Program Code:
3782 Biological Science-Interdept
Program Level:
Award Type:
Master of Science
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College of Natural Science

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Natural Science

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Biological Science-Interdepartmental - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree program with a major in Biological Science–Interdepartmental is designed for science teachers who wish to pursue graduate study in the biological sciences.  To meet the needs of practicing teachers, the courses that are required for the program are offered in the summer and on weekends.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.


Requirements for admission to the master's degree program in biological science–interdepartmental include a bachelor's degree in biology, teacher certification for grades 7–12, at least 1 year of teaching experience, and current employment as a teacher of biology or related disciplines at the middle or secondary school level.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Biological Science—Interdepartmental

The program is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).  For a student under Plan A, a thesis committee that consists of the student’s faculty advisor, the student’s program director, and one other faculty member must approve the student’s program of study.

The student must complete at least 30 credits distributed as follows:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B  
1. All of the following courses (20 credits):  
  ISE 871 Biochemistry and Cell Biology for Teachers 7
  ISE 874 Field Ecology for Teachers 7
  ISE 901 Frontiers in Biological Science 6
Additional Requirements for Plan A    
1. ISE 899 Master’s Thesis Research 10
  Research for the thesis involves developing laboratories and demonstrations as part of a new teaching unit and teaching that unit, collecting and analyzing relevant data.  
Additional Requirements for Plan B    
1. ISE 889 Research for Inservice Teachers 10
  Research for inservice teachers requires a curriculum-based project and implementation report.