Master of Science in
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.
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
non-thesis. Both versions of the program include a substantial
component of laboratory and/or field work and certification of
an “Allied Professional Skill”.
– 12 hours (taken by all students in four consecutive semesters
– one course offered each semester in a two-year rotation):
Biol 501: Modern
Concepts in Biology (3 credits)
Biol 502: Biology
and Environment (3 credits)
Contemporary Cell Biology (3 credits)
Biol 504: Perspectives in Modern Genetics (3 credits)
a. Thesis Option
– Core + 21 additional hours:
Biol 515 Research in
Biology, (12 credit hours)
Biol 601 Thesis
Preparation, (3 credit hours)
Courses* (6 hours)
Non-Thesis Option –Core + 21
Biol 515 Research in
Biology, (12 credit hours)
Graduate Elective Courses* (9
MS in Applied Biology –
Accelerated Program (4+1)
MS program in Applied Biology is designed to provide
exceptional Salisbury University
undergraduates of high ability and achievement the opportunity
to begin their graduate studies during their senior year. The
purpose of the accelerated program is two-fold. It recognizes
excellence in undergraduate research by allowing that work to
form the basis of a graduate Masters Biology thesis and it
enables the excellent student to complete both the B.S. Biology
and M.S. Applied Biology degree programs in approximately 5
currently enrolled as undergraduates at SU are eligible to apply
for the accelerated program during their Junior year provided
they fulfill these requirements:
a. have a 3.30
GPA at the end of the semester during which they apply
b. have engaged
in significant undergraduate research with a faculty advisor who
can endorse their application for admission to the program
c. meet all the
requirements, including pre-requisite course work, for
post-graduate admission to the program by the end of the
semester in which they are applying for admission to the
accepted into the accelerated program, up to 9 credits of
graduate course work may be taken during the senior year and
applied to both the BS and MS degree programs. Six of these
credits will include the graduate classes (Biol 501-504) offered
during the student’s senior year. The remaining three may
*Graduate Electives currently listed in
the catalog - see
page for descriptions:
Biol 500 Wetland Ecology
Biol 505 Ornithology
Biol 507 The Biology of Fishes
Biol 510 Estuarine Biology
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 552 Advanced Human
Biol 560 Biology of Cell Membranes
Biol 565 Advanced Cell Biology
Biol 590 Special Topics in Biology
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 things like computer
programming, geospatial analysis, foreign language, technical writing, etc. The choice of Allied Professional Skill is left to the student in consultation
with the advising committee. Skills
should be relevant to the student’s research or career goals, should be chosen early in the student’s
program of study and are subject to approval of the Graduate Advisory Committee.
Allied Professional Skill must be certified by the completion of a
course or by written certification from a faculty member who is expert at the skill
chosen. If a course of instruction is
necessary for certification of an Allied
Professional Skill, the credits earned in that course may not be counted
toward the number required for graduation.
Students who develop their applied proficiency through directed study
may register for a 2 credit course: Biol 590 “Topics: Allied Professional Skill”.
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.
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 course in Physics and a course in Statistics.
Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge the
applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program.
A personal statement relating the applicant’s goals and career
objectives as well as research interests and
potential graduate advisors in the department.
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.
All applicants (thesis and non-thesis) are encouraged to 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 must make such contact and will not be admitted without
the endorsement of a graduate advisor for their research.
f. International students are
additional guidelines described in the current Salisbury University
g. Students transferring to SU from
other universities may receive a maximum of 6 transfer credits for courses in
which they have earned a grade of B or better.
Each course will be individually assessed for program equivalency. Determination of allowable credit for work
completed elsewhere will be made at the time of admission by the Director of
the Graduate Program.
For further information please contact the Biology Graduate Program Director.