M.S. in Biology

College of the Sciences and Mathematics

Thesis Option

Required Core
BIO 608Thesis Research I3
BIO 609Thesis Research II 13
BIO 610Thesis 23
Research Methods Core
Select two of the following:6
Experimental Design and Analysis
Research Techniques in Bio Sci I
Research Techniques in Bio Sci II
Research Techniques in Bio Sci III
Concentration Courses
Select two of the following:6
Course Topics in Biology I 3
Course Topics in Biology II 3
Course Topics in Biology III 3
Directed Study in Biology
Select 9 credits of electives from the following options:
Any course listed in II or III above
Any other 500-level biology course
Up to 6 semester hours of 400-level courses, where no 500-level component is available
Up to 6 semester hours of graduate course work from another department or university, but only with prior departmental approval
Total Credits Required30

To complete BIO 610 successfully, the student must present the thesis research in an open seminar and also pass a final thesis defense before the thesis committee. The degree will not be awarded until the thesis has been accepted by the student's committee and signed by the dean of graduate studies.

Part-Time Students

Part-time students will be required to take the same group of courses as full-time students except they must complete BIO 608 (thesis proposal) by the end of their third year. As with the full-time students, part-time students cannot sign up for BIO 609 unless they have obtained a letter grade for BIO 608. In addition, they must sign up for BIO 610 (thesis) by the start of their sixth year and complete it by the end of that year.

Nonthesis Option

Required Core
BIO 511Experimental Design and Analysis3
BIO 513Research Techniques in Bio Sci I3
BIO 514Research Techniques in Bio Sci II3
BIO 515Research Techniques in Bio Sci III3
BIO 535Course Topics in Biology I3
BIO 536Course Topics in Biology II3
BIO 537Course Topics in Biology III3
BIO 591Directed Research I1-3
Select 12 semester hours. See general information for details and restrictions
Total Credits Required36

To complete BIO 591 successfully, the student must present the results of the project in an open seminar. In addition, during or immediately after the final semester of course work in the nonthesis program, the student must pass a written comprehensive examination prepared by the student's advisory committee. Students who fail this examination will not receive their degree.


To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.