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Credit requirements for the MS/MST


Satisfactory completion of at least 45 credits of approved graduate-level courses required for a master's degree. The student must complete at least 30 credits in the field of biology. A minimum of 6 credits, but not more than 9 credits, must be in Bi 503 Thesis. No more than a total of 12 credits may be in research (Bi 501) and reading and conference (Bi 505). No more than a total of 9 credits may be in seminar (Bi 507). A maximum of 12 credits may be programmed as electives in fields related to biology in consultation with the degree adviser. Successful completion of a final oral examination and a thesis is required. Full time students must complete their degree within 4 years of entry into the program.



In consultation with the graduate advisor, the students should establish the degree program before the completion of 15 credits of coursework.  The program must include a minimum of 45 credits in approved graduate courses, to include a minimum of 24 credits in the area of concentration.  At least 9 credits, but no more than 15 credits, must be in education courses and must include Ed 520 Introduction to Education and Society.  THe 45 credits required must include 6 credits in either BI 501 Project Track: Research Project relating to Biology teaching (i.e. curriculum module, grant proposal, community development project) as approved by student's committee; or BI 504 Practicum Track: 6 credits in practicum/internship/community outreach experience as approved by student's committee.  In order to fulfill requirements for the degree, the student must satisfactorily complete the degree program and pass both a final written examination and a final oral examination.