The Master of Science in Biology is designed for graduate students who wish to become knowledgeable leaders and professionals with an in-depth education and specialized skills in the field of biology. This program promotes competency in the application of scientific methods of investigation to studies in biology with an emphasis on urban and coastal issues. Students develop a sense of creative independence that will allow them to practice in and contribute to a variety of professions and fields of scholarship.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Possess a broad understanding of biology.
- Possess enhanced knowledge of a specific biological field including relevant scientific literature related to their thesis or professional paper.
- Understand the scientific method and be able to design and conduct experiments.
- Be able to accurately describe (orally and in writing) biological research.
Completed applications must be received by the University Office of Research and Graduate Studies by the specified priority deadlines:
Fall Semester - March 15
Spring Semester - October 15
Summer Sessions - February 15
To be considered for admission to the MS Program in Biology, an applicant should apply online through the university Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Applicants must provide the following documents: a completed application form; application fee; official GRE scores; official transcripts of all college and university coursework; an essay (not more than 1000 words) describing educational and career goals, and interests as they relate to program faculty (see http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/member.php?who=all&program=lsci); a list of names of program faculty members contacted; and three letters of recommendation from people familiar with their potential for graduate studies. Students are required to contact potential advisors prior to and during the application process to discuss research opportunities and get an overall feel for the program, and should include a summary of these discussions in their essays. Additional requirements exist for international students, including TOEFL scores from the ETS taken within the last two years for students from countries where English is not the native languate, and an approved foreign transcript evaluation that includes a course by course comparison (refer to the Admission section of this catalog). No criterion is weighted more heavily than any other criterion. A campus visit including personal interviews with prospective faculty mentors is recommended. Incomplete applications are not considered. Late applications will be considered solely at the discretion of the Life Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by letter.
Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships or fellowships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). The completed Teaching Assistant Application (http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/stweb/students/gradfunding.html) and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. For full consideration, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for the following academic year. Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students will need to contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities.
Non-degree students may enroll in courses for which they have adequate academic preparation, but they may not apply more than nine credit hours of work taken in non-degree status to a graduate degree program. Non-degree students must consult with the Life Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee to determine those courses in which they may enroll and those courses they may later apply to the Biology degree program, should they be admitted to the program. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each of the prescribed courses in order to have the courses apply to the plan of study.
Degree candidates in biology are expected to enter the program with competencies that are equivalent to those required of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi undergraduate biology majors as described in the biology section of the undergraduate catalog. Therefore, a degree candidate who lacks adequate academic preparation may be required by his or her Graduate Advisory Committee to complete undergraduate course work prior to the completion of the MS degree. Such course work (4000-sequence or lower) will be regarded as foundation or prerequisite work and will not count as credit towards the total required for completion of the degree.
Graduate Credit From Other Disciplines
Graduate students in the Master of Science in Biology program may take courses from other disciplines in the College of Science and Engineering such as BIMS, CHEM, ESCI, GISC, GSEN, MARB, MARI, MATH and CMSS with approval from the student’s graduate committee or from the faculty mentor assigned when the student was admitted to the proggram if the committee has not yet been formed. Up to nine semester credit hours of graduate courses from other colleges at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi may be included as part of a degree plan with approval from the graduate committee of the student.