Curriculum and Courses

Master of Science in Biology

Curriculum and Courses

Courses-Only Option (Total 36 credit hours, at least 24 CR in Biology)

    Semester 1 BIOL 5104 (1), Designated Elective (1-4), Designated Elective (1-4), Free Elective (3)

    Semester 2 BIOL 5104 (1), Designated Elective (1-4), Designated Elective (1-4), Free Elective (3)

    Semester 3 BIOL 5104 (1), Designated Elective (1-4), Free Elective (3)

    Semester 4 BIOL 5104 (1), Designated Elective (1-4), Free Elective (3)

  • Designated Electives are Graduate Biology Courses.
  • A maximum of six credit hours of research problems (BIOL 5320, BIOL 5202, and BIOL 5102) and four credit hours of seminar (BIOL 5104) may be applied to the degree.
  • A maximum of twelve credit hours may be taken in supporting areas outside of Biology (Free Electives).
  • Comprehensive Examination in Last Semester administered by a Departmental or a Project Committee.

Project Option (Total 36 credit hours, at least 24 CR in Biology)

    Semester 1 BIOL 5104 (1), Designated Elective (1-4), Designated Elective (1-4), Free Elective (3-4)

    Semester 2 BIOL 5104 (1), Designated Elective (1-4), Designated Elective (1-4), Free Elective (3-4)

    Semester 3 BIOL 5104 (1), Designated Elective (1-4), Free Elective (3-4)

    Semester 4 BIOL 5104 (1), BIOL 5305 Graduate Research Project (3), Free Elective (3-4)

  • Comprehensive Examination in Last Semester administered by a Departmental or a Project Committee comprised of at least two faculty members. 
  • A maximum of six credit hours of research problems (BIOL 5320, BIOL 5202, and BIOL 5102) and four credit hours of seminar (BIOL 5104) may be applied to the degree.
  • A project report produced as a major assignment in a 3 hour 5000-level course from a department approved list of courses including 5305 is required.   
  • Upon recommendation of the project adviser, the project report must be approved by a faculty member in the major, the graduate program coordinator and department chair.

Thesis Option (Total 30 credit hours, at least 18 CR in Biology)

    Semester 1 BIOL 5104 (1), Designated Elective (1-4), Designated Elective (1-4), Free Elective (3-4)

    Semester 2 BIOL 5104 (1), Designated Elective (1-4), Free Elective (3-4)

    Semester 3 BIOL 5104 (1), BIOL 5306 Thesis (3), Designated Elective (1-4)

    Semester 4 BIOL 5104 (1), BIOL 5306 Thesis (3)

  • A thesis proposal approved by the thesis adviser and by the Thesis Committee of Three Professors. It must be completed in the first 3 hours of Thesis Research 5306.   
  • A research thesis must be prepared under the direction of a professor in the major subject area who is the student's thesis adviser and the Thesis Committee.
  • The thesis must be accepted by a committee of at least 3 faculty members including the thesis adviser and at least, one other professor from the major area. Other committee member(s) may be selected from the major field area or other.
  • The student will make an oral defense of the thesis and comprehensive exam before the committee no later than five weeks before commencement.  The thesis defense report forms, signature page and abstract are to be filed in the Graduate Office.   
  • The final form of each thesis must be approved by the graduate dean for style, format and scholarly merit.  

Biology Graduate Courses and Seminars

BIOL 5102 - Research Problems I (1)
BIOL 5104 - Graduate Seminar (1)
BIOL 5202 - Research Problems II (2)
BIOL 5301 - Research Methods
BIOL 5302 - Advanced Topics in Biology (3)

  • Molecular Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
  • Biology of Forensic Science
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Systems Neurobiology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Graduate Readings in Molecular Biology
  • Genetics of Human Disease
  • Epigenetics

BIOL 5305 - Graduate Research Project (3)
BIOL 5306 - Thesis (3)
BIOL 5316 - Advanced Biological Concepts
BIOL 5320 - Research Problems III (3)
BIOL 5318 - Investigations in Biology
BIOL 5401 - Molecular Biology
BIOL 5402 - Advanced Topics in Biology (4)

  • Cell Physiology
  • Curation of Vert and Collect
  • Mammalogy
  • Vertebrate Embryology
  • Advanced Biology of Forensic Science
  • Histology
  • Herpetology
  • Ornithology
  • Cellular Physiology
  • Plant Systematics
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Human Ecology and Health

5102. Research Problems I. 1(1-0)
Individual problems assigned, defined and supervised by a Biology graduate faculty member with permission of the department chair. Provides experience in individual design, execution and reporting of small units of research of professional caliber.

5104. Graduate Seminar. 1(1-0)
An advanced study of biological literature and research with critical class reports. May be taken four times for credit.

5202. Research Problems II. 2(2-0)
Individual problems assigned, defined and supervised by a biology graduate faculty member with permission of the department chair. Provides experience in individual design, execution and reporting of small units of research of professional caliber.

5302. Advanced Topics in Biology. 3(3-0)
Lectures in selected topics. May be repeated for credit once under a different topic. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of biology or equivalent.

5305. Graduate Research Project. 3
Designed for project option students and requires completion of a research project. Prerequisite: departmental approval. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

5306. Thesis. 3
Designed for thesis option students. The course requires completion of thesis research. Prerequisite: departmental approval. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

5316. Advanced Biological Concepts. 3(3-0)
A study of traditional biological phenomena using modern research techniques. Cell, organismal and population biology will be analyzed with an emphasis on molecular and evolutionary concepts. Prerequisite: graduate standing in biology.

5320. Research Problems III. 3(3-0)
Individual problems assigned, defined and supervised by a biology graduate faculty member with permission of the department chair. Provides experience in individual design, execution and reporting of small units of research of professional caliber.

5401. Molecular Biology. 4(3-3)
Modern concepts and lab techniques in molecular biology. Fundamental principles and important new processes in the use of molecular techniques to address biological problems. The laboratory portion will introduce basic and advanced molecular techniques. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the sciences, agriculture or engineering.

5402. Advanced Topics in Biology. 4(3-4)
Lectures, literature, investigation and research at the graduate level in selected advanced topics. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

Contact US

For additional information, contact the Graduate Coordinator Dr. Weimin Xi (weimin.xi@tamuk.edu) or Department Chair Dr. Enrique Massa (Enrique.Massa@tamuk.edu).

This page was last updated on: February 22, 2018