Graduate Program

Master of Science in Biology

The Department of Biological and Health Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in Biology. The program started in 1966 and since more than 130 graduate students received their M.S. degree. We offer a variety of courses and research opportunities in Biomedical Science, Organismal Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. Our faculty are experts in a wide range of disciplines, such as Genetics and Epigenetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Cell and Animal Physiology, Nerve Regeneration, Infectious Diseases, Cancer Biology, Invertebrate Biology, Animal Behavior and Icthyology, Ornithology, Herpetology, Mammalogy, Plant Biology and Systematics, Marine Ecology, Ecological Modeling and Global Change Biology. 

There are three Master’s degrees options. The Plan I (Thesis Option) program is research-oriented and requires completion of a thesis. This program is for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or who want research experience. The Plan II (Project Option) program is content-oriented, and a shorter research problem is required. This program is for those needing more background in formal course work. The Plan III is a Courses‐Only Option. For additional information, contact the Graduate Coordinator Dr. Chang K. Sung (  or Department Chair Dr. Enrique Massa (

Graduate Faculty

Molecular, Cellular Neurobiology & Genetics 

Dr. Rudolph Bohm
Dr. Enrique Massa
Dr. Rafael Perez-Ballestero
Dr. Chang K. Sung

Dr. Haeyoung Kim
Dr. Richard Laughlin
Dr. Maria E. Velez
Dr. Fang He

Evolution, Systematics, Ecology & Organismal Biology

Dr. Jon A. Baskin
Dr. Cynthia M. Galloway
Dr. Glenn H. Perrigo
Dr. Randy Powell
Dr. Manuel A. Soto
Dr. Weimin Xi

Awards and Scholarships

Career Opportunities

Students have great flexibility in their course of study and are encouraged to structure their program to t their chosen career paths. Many of our students use their master’s degree as a stepping stone to medical school, dentistry, pharmacy school, and Ph.D. programs, as well as other advanced health professions. Students who complete the MS in Biology program often go into academia for Ph.D., M.D., Pharm.D. Program, positions in biotechnology, biomedical industries, healthcare, and forensic science, careers in forestry and environmental conservation and biology education. 

Contact US

For additional information, contact the Graduate Coordinator Dr. Chang K. Sung ( or Department Chair Dr. Enrique Massa (

This page was last updated on: September 8, 2018