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Master of Science in Applied Biology

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The MS degree in Applied Biology addresses the growing need for a technologically trained workforce with special skills in laboratory, biotechnology and environmental science. The curriculum emphasizes skills development in a research setting and relates practical experiences to a strong background in theory. An optional thesis and an accelerated 4+1 MS option for advanced undergraduates are included for those students who plan to continue their post-graduate studies.

For information please contact the Biology Graduate Program Director.

Program Requirements
The complete program consists of 33 credit hours of graduate work that will generally be completed in a two-year period.Two different program options are offered: 1) MS thesis option 2) MS non-thesis. Both versions of the program include a component of laboratory and/or field work and certification of an Allied Professional Skill.

MS guidelines      MS thesis guidelines

Core Courses – At least 2 of the 4 Core Courses below (6 credit hours)

Biol 501: Modern Concepts in Biology (3 credits)

Biol 502: Biology and Environment (3 credits)

Biol 575: Modern Molecular Biology (3 credits)

MATH 5XX: Statistics (3 credits)

a. Thesis Option

Complete The Core (6 credits) and 27 Additional credits:

Biol 515 Research In Biology, (12 credits)

Biol 601 Thesis Preparation (3 credits)

Graduate Elective Courses* (see below) (12 credits)

b. Non-Thesis Option

Complete The Core  (6 Credits) and 27 Additional credits:

Biol 515 Research In Biology (6 credits)

Graduate Elective Courses* (see below) (21 credits)

* Graduate Electives currently listed in the catalog – see courses page for descriptions:

          BIOL 500       Wetlands Ecology

          BIOL 503       Contemporary Cell Biology

          BIOL 504       Perspectives in Modern Genetics

          BIOL 505       Ornithology

          BIOL 507       The Biology of Fishes

          BIOL 510       Estuarine Biology

          BIOL 513       Entomology

          BIOL 521       Mammalogy

          BIOL 522       Vertebrate Physiology

          BIOL 525       Toxicology

          BIOL 530       Plant Physiology

          BIOL 533       Environmental Microbiology

          BIOL 535       Evolutionary Biology

          BIOL 540       Contemporary Genetics

          BIOL 545       Virology

          BIOL 550       Internship in Biology

          BIOL 552       Advanced Human Physiology/Pathophysiology

          BIOL 560       Biology of Cell Membranes

          BIOL 565       Advanced Cell Biology

          BIOL 590       Special Topics in Biology

Allied Professional Skills requirement
Students completing the MS degree in Applied Biology must demonstrate their applied expertise by developing proficiency in an Allied Professional Skill. Allied Professional Skills include but are not limited to, computer programming, geospatial analysis, foreign language, technical writing, demonstrable expertise in advanced laboratory or field techniques or instrumentation, policy analysis, etc. The choice of Allied Professional Skill is left to the student in consultation with the advising committee. Skills should be relevant to the students research or career goals, should be chosen early in the students program of study and are subject to approval of the Graduate Advisory Committee.

Admission to the Program
Admission to the MS in Applied Biology requires an application for graduate program admission, the application fee, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, the Residency/Domicile Information form (for those students applying for in-state tuition) and the following program-specific credentials.

a. An undergraduate degree (in biology or related field) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale. In addition to their coursework in biology, student transcripts should demonstrate the completion of pre-requisite courses in Chemistry (two courses in General Chemistry and at least one semester of Organic Chemistry), at least one additional Physical Science course, a course in Statistics, and a demonstrable background in Cell Biology/Genetics.

b. Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge the applicants potential for success in a graduate program.

c. A personal statement relating the applicants goals and career objectives as well as research interests and potential graduate advisors in the department.

d. Scores on the General Graduate Record Exam at or above the 50th percentile. Scores on the Biology GRE are optional but if submitted will be considered in admission decisions.

e. All applicants (thesis and non-thesis) must make contact with prospective graduate advisor(s) in the department prior to submission of an application for admission to the program. M.S. thesis students will not be admitted without the endorsement of a graduate advisor for their research. A letter from the graduate advisor must accompany the application.

f. International students are referred to additional guidelines described in the current Salisbury University catalog.

Application materials must be received by the Director of the Biology Graduate Program by March 1, and October 1 for full consideration for admission into the Fall and Spring semesters, respectively. For further information please contact the Biology Graduate Program Director.

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