Administered by Biological and Allied Health Sciences
Effective Fall 2008
An undergraduate degree in biology with a Level I certification is required. In addition to the requirements of the graduate school, a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in biology or its equivalent is required, general GRE scores, and two letters of recommendation (see below) are required.
Undergraduate deficiencies must be addressed prior to admission to the program or during the first semester in consultation with the program coordinator. Deficiencies may be addressed by undergraduate course work without credit earned toward the degree, by graduate course work when suitable, or by outside readings. The method of satisfying deficiencies is decided by the student and graduate program coordinator in consultation with the departmental graduate committee.
Two letters of recommendation from previous science faculty are required. At least one letter should be from a faculty member who instructed the applicant in an upper-level (junior or senior) biology course. Applicants with research experience should submit at least one letter from a research advisor. Others may submit a letter from any professor with the ability to evaluate the applicant's laboratory abilities. A minimum of two weeks is required for review of a completed application by the department's graduate committee.
To be admitted to candidacy, every biology graduate student must pass an oral candidacy examination. The purpose of the examination is to assess the breadth of the student's background in biology. The examination will cover general principles and concepts of biology.
The oral candidacy examination must be scheduled before completing 6 credit hours of graduate coursework and be successfully completed before scheduling beyond 12 hours. Candidacy requires, in addition, that the student has a 3.0 or higher QPA. The examination will consist of six oral questions addressed to the student by the examination committee. Each question will be given 10 minutes of the examination.
The Examination Committee is composed of:
The outcome of the candidacy examination will be determined by a simple majority vote by the examination committee. Each graduate faculty member present, whether or not they posed a question, shall have one vote. One of three outcomes is possible:
Graduation. A minimum of 30 semester hours in graduate-level courses is required. A minimum of 18 semester hours must be taken from 500-level courses (see list below), including two required education courses: 60.501 Major Philosophies of Education and 79.591 Research in Education. Either 50.591 Directed Study in Biology or 50.592 Master of Education Thesis is required to fulfill the research component. An oral defense of the research component is required.
A total of 30 semester hours is required for a graduate degree in Biology. There are no required biology courses; all are considered elective courses. Courses are selected in conjunction with the student's adviser and advisory committee.
50.411 Radiation Biology
50.455 Environmental Microbiology
50.462 Plant Anatomy
50.463 Biological Photographic Techniques
50.472 Animal Cell Physiology
50.474 Verterbrate Systems Physiology
50.477 Plant Physiology
50.478 Microbial Physiology
50.479 Integrated Physiology Laboratory
50.531 Developmental Biology
50.532 Microbial and Molecular Genetics
50.551 Conservation Biology
50.560 Population Biology
50.561 Animal Behavior
50.570 Medical Parasitology
50.572 Comparative Animal Physiology
50.573 Systemic Physiology
50.575 Cell Physiology
50.576 Neuromuscular Physiology
50.590 Current Topics in Biology
50.591 Directed Study in Biology
50.592 Master of Education Thesis
The following courses are offered at the Marine Science Center, Wallops Island, Va.