One of the strengths of the master’s degree program is that it provides the opportunity for students to participate in a graduate research project. Many of these projects utilize field-oriented research because of the unique geographical setting of the university. Laboratory research is also supported in such areas as genetics, virology, immunology and physiology. Department facilities include a green house, herbarium, Lake Superior research boat, the Longyear Forest, molecular biology labs, a small-animal colony, and a zoological collection. The members of the Biology Department faculty all have doctoral degrees, and most are actively involved in the department’s graduate program.
- All applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) at the time of admission.
- Applicants must include an essay indicating their background, career goals and research interests.
- Student’s entering the biology/biochemistry degree must have completed CH 342 Physical Chemistry II or its equivalent with a grade of “B.” Credit for this course will not count for the degree.
- Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation.
- Students must have a thesis adviser prior to admission. To identify the adviser, students should contact a faculty member and establish the willingness of that person to serve as the adviser, as indicated by a memo from the faculty member to that effect.
Regular admission will be granted to graduates of four-year accredited institutions who have been admitted into the College of Graduate Studies, meet all of the admission requirements of the Biology Department and have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Applicants are expected to have a solid background in biology, including at least one year of general biology and other courses as deemed necessary by the graduate thesis advisor. Course work in chemistry (general chemistry and organic chemistry) and physics (minimum one semester with lab) is also expected. When a student's past course work does not meet these expectations, the graduate thesis advisor and the Department of Biology graduate committee will recommend appropriate courses to strengthen the background of the student.