from the Bulletin
The Department of Biology offers both research and non-research MA degree programs. The non-research MA can be completed in a year and a summer, whereas the research MA typically requires two years to complete a research project and thesis. In both programs, students are assigned to a faculty advisor in their area of interest at the time of acceptance. The Biology Department does not guarantee financial support for MA students. In either MA program, students complete eight semester courses with a B or better grade point average. For the non-research degree, all courses must be lecture, laboratory, or seminar courses. In addition, the student completes a review paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. For the research degree, at least five courses must be lecture, laboratory, or seminar courses. The remaining courses may be satisfied by research credits.