The Master of Arts (MA) with a major in Biology is a 36-hour non-thesis degree with formal course work at the 5000 and 6000 levels. Students completing the non-thesis MA at UNT are not eligible for the PhD program in the Department of Biological Sciences. The MA has a foreign language requirement.
The Master of Science (MS) with a major in Biology is a 30-hour research degree that requires 24 hours of formal course work, special problems and seminars at the 5000 and 6000 levels, plus a 6-hour thesis. Students have the opportunity to conduct research leading to a thesis or dissertation in a variety of specializations, including aquatic biology, aquatic toxicology, ecology, forensic biology, genetics, limnology, microbiology, neurobiology, physiology and plant biology.
The Master of Science (MS) with a major in Biology (Teaching in the Life Sciences) is a 36-hour non-thesis degree for students who have a BA or BS in a life science and wish initial teacher certification for teaching the life sciences at the secondary level. Students completing this non-thesis MS are not eligible for the PhD program in the Department of Biological Sciences.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a major in Biology is a scholarly research program of 72 hours at the 5000 and 6000 levels beyond the Bachelor's degree or 42 hours beyond the master's degree, including a 12-hour dissertation.