MS Biology Information

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The Master of Science in Biology is designed for graduate students who wish to become knowledgeable leaders and professionals. The program promotes competency in applying scientific methods of investigation to research in biology. An in-depth education and specialized skills help 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.

Course Requirements:

The Master of Science in Biology requires a minimum of thirty-six (36) Semester Credit Hours (SCH). Course requirements differ slightly depending on whether the student chooses the Thesis Plan or Non-Thesis Plan.

  • Thesis Plan — A thesis is an extensive analysis and presentation of the student's original research; students who plan to continue in academics or research are encouraged to follow this plan.
  • Non-Thesis Plan — The original research in this plan is presented in a professional paper (which is less extensive than a thesis); this plan is especially suitable for students who are professionally employed and seek advancement or more extensive training for their job.

To complete the thirty-six-hour course requirement, a graduate student (in consultation with his or her Graduate Advisory Committee) then selects elective courses from the Life Sciences Graduate Courses.

The MS Biology Handbook and Style Guide provide information to help students prepare necessary documents.

Research Possibilities:

Graduate students following either the Thesis Plan or the Non-Thesis Plan are expected to conduct original Research. Topics for graduate research range from molecules to ecosystems, and use an array of modern tools from molecular techniques to global geographic information systems. Faculty and students in the Biology Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have research interests…

  • On the Land…
    A variety of ecosystems (Texas "brush country," coastal prairies, grasslands, desert, mixed deciduous forests, various types of wetlands and fresh-water environments) lie within a few hours' drive of Corpus Christi. This ecological complexity supports diverse organisms which have evolved unique structural and functional adaptations. Faculty and students conduct research in a variety of areas ranging from ecology to organismal biology to structure and function.
  • In the Sea…
    The location of "The Island University" is especially conducive to research that deals with coastal, estuarine and marine issues. The Coastal Bend of Texas boasts Padre Island (the longest island in the world—for its width), the hyper-saline Laguna Madre, and both pristine and urbanized coastal environments. More distant marine research sites include the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the Texas/Louisiana coast, and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
  • In the Air…
    The Coastal Bend of Texas is also a prime birding site. Both migratory and resident bird populations provide material for research. For those who want to reach an even "higher" research experience, there are space-related studies funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • In the Laboratory…
    For most studies, some of the research is conducted in the modern, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Also, the city of Corpus Christi is a major health-care center for South Texas, and collaboration with local hospitals, laboratories, and clinics provides another avenue of research for faculty and students.

If this general description of the Master of Science in Biology seems interesting you can get information on admission and fees at the College of Graduate Studies.


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