Graduate Degrees in Biology | Department of Biological Sciences

Graduate Degrees in Biology

Biology, MA

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.

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THECB Marketable Skills

1. Critical evaluation of literature

2. Ability to follow protocols and methodologies

3. Collection and analysis of complex data

4. Understand research regulations

5. Working knowledge biological sub-discipline

Learn more about specific degree requirements for the MA in Biology in the graduate catalog.

Biology, MS

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.

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Learn more about specific degree requirements for the MS in Biology in the graduate catalog.

THECB Marketable Skills

1. Critical evaluation of literature

2. Ability to follow protocols and methodologies

3. Collection and analysis of complex data

4. Understand research regulations

5. Working knowledge biological sub-discipline

Biology (Teaching in the Life Sciences), MS

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.

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Learn more about specific degree requirements for the MS in Biology (Teaching in the Life Sciences) in the graduate catalog.

Biology, PhD

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.

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THECB Marketable Skills

1. Professional communication in life science environments

2. Develop and present alternative explanations

3. Conceive and design complex studies

4. Leadership ability

5. Supervision of research teams

Learn more about specific degree requirements for the PhD in Biology in the graduate catalog.

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