Master of Science in Natural Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Physical Sciences offers the following masters degree programs for students desiring specialized training in the biological or physical sciences beyond the baccalaureate level.
- Master of Science in Natural Sciences, biological sciences emphasis
for science teachers desiring advanced study primarily in biology.
- Master of Science in Natural Sciences, physical sciences emphasis
for those desiring advanced study primarily in chemistry. Both teaching oriented and research oriented options are available.
Admission to the program
Full admission. Requirements for full admission are described below for each area of emphasis. Admissions are selective and decision to admit or not admit an applicant is by department committee based on holistic evaluation of all required and other application materials as they relate to potential for successful completion of requirements of the graduate program. An applicant who is denied admission will be informed as to the reasons for denial and under what circumstances reapplication is advisable. It is strongly advised that an applicant consult with the appropriate graduate advisor concerning his/her qualifications for admission prior to initiating the formal application process.
Non-degree Admission. An applicant who is unable to satisfy requirements for full admission may be admitted on a non-degree, watch-care status to improve undergraduate credentials and to meet full admission requirements. No more than 9 graduate level semester hours earned while enrolled under non-degree status may be applied to degree. Only credits earned with a grade of B or better may be applied.
Student Responsibility. The graduate student must accept full responsibility of knowing and following the policies, regulations, and time lines of the Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Physical Sciences and the Graduate School that are relevant to the MSNS degree program.