Departmental Acceptance Criteria | Department of Biological Sciences

Departmental Acceptance Criteria

Completed applications for graduate programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are reviewed by the faculty and committees. Only applicants selected by a faculty member who agrees to act as the student's major professor (i.e., advisor) for the thesis or dissertation are eligible for admission to a graduate program in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or Environmental Science. Students in the Professional Science Master's program may select a major professor (i.e. advisor) after admission.

MASTER'S DEGREE (MA/MS)

  • Unconditional admission to the Toulouse Graduate School.
  • Complete application.
  • A letter of intent to the department, including the specific program and degree sought (MA, MS, PSM or PhD); faculty members contacted as prospective professor/advisor; professional goals and objectives; the reason for choosing UNT, the Department of Biological Sciences and the specific area of interest (Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Environmental Science).
  • Three form letters of recommendation to the department, from former professors if a recent graduate. One letter may be from an employer if employed for more than one year since graduation.
  • Undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 overall or greater than or equal to 3.2 in the last 60 hours.
  • Submission of GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections) is required. The program views high GRE scores as positive indicators of potential success; however, low GRE scores need not exclude a candidate who demonstrates positive indicators in other areas.
  • The appropriate GRE subject test is also recommended for diagnostic purposes, not admission. In addition, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) may also be considered in liu of GRE scores at the discretion of the department.
  • Bachelor's degree with 24 hours, 12 of which are advanced, in a life science or appropriate related science is required for programs in either Biology or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • For the Environmental Science program, the bachelor's degree must include at least 6 credit hours of a life science (3 of which must be ecology), 8 credit hours of chemistry (must be courses with laboratories) and mathematics through calculus.
  • A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent that meets or exceeds the International Admissions Office requirements for international students whose native language is not English.
  • International applicants needing confirmation of teaching assistantship eligibility must provide passing scores on either the Test of Spoken English (TSE) administered by the Educational Testing Service (minimum score of 50) or the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) Speaking Section (minimum score of 26).
  • Agreement by a faculty member to serve as the applicant's major professor (i.e. advisor) is required for programs in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular biology, and Environmental Science.
  • Provisional admission of applicants to non thesis matters degrees not meeting all of the criteria, except for the requirement for a major professor, may be considered at the discretion of the department. However, such students are advised to explore the Graduate School's non-degree (GNDE) program until satisfying departmental criteria. Provisionally accepted students must satisfy all admission provisions, including deficiency courses, within the time designated by the department at the time of admission or they will be dismissed from the program.

DOCTORAL DEGREE (PHD)

  • Undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 overall and greater than or equal to 3.2 in the last 60 hours.
  • GPA greater than or equal to 3.4 overall for any prior graduate work.
  • Complete application.
  • A letter of intent to the department, including the specific program; faculty member contacts as prospective professor/advisor; professional goals and objectives; the reason for choosing UNT, the Department of Biological Sciences and the specific area of interest (Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or Environmental Science).
  • Three form letters of recommendation to the department, from former professors if a recent graduate. One letter may be from an employer if employed for more than one year since graduation.
  • Submission of GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections) is required. The program views high GRE scores as positive indicators of potential success; however, low GRE scores need not exclude a candidate who demonstrates positive indicators in other areas.
  • The appropriate GRE subject test is also recommended for diagnostic purposes, not admission. In addition, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) may also be considered in liu of GRE scores at the discretion of the department.
  • A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent that meets or exceeds the International Admissions Office requirements for international students whose native language is not English.
  • International applicants needing confirmation of teaching assistantship eligibility must provide passing scores on either the Test of Spoken English (TSE) administered by the Educational Testing Service (minimum score of 50) or the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) Speaking Section (minimum score of 26).
  • Bachelor's degree with 24 hours in a life science or appropriate related science, 12 of which are advanced; a master's degree in a life science with a research-based thesis is desirable for programs in Biology or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • For the Environmental Science program the bachelor's degree must be in an appropriate field related to Environmental Science, with course work in a life science, chemistry and mathematics.
  • Agreement by a faculty member to serve as the applicant's major professor (i.e. advisor) is required for programs in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Environmental Science.

Provisional admission to the PhD program while completing English requirements is possible upon departmental approval.

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