Purpose and Objectives

The program will prepare graduates to:

  • Search, read and interpret current biological literature
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the scientific issues of a particular area of biology
  • Develop expertise in research methods associated with an area of biology
  • Develop professional skills related to work in a specific area of biology or biomedical science
  • Integrate techniques, skills, and understanding of scientific principles across various area sub-disciplines of biology.

Biology (M.S.) Degree Program

The M.S. program will also develop independent scientific research skills, including the ability to:

  • Formulate scientific hypotheses, design and execute experiments
  • Collect, analyze and interpret experimental data
  • Deliver scientific ideas and experimental results both at scientific meetings and through preparation and publication of manuscripts

Biology (M.A.) Degree Program

The M.A. program will also develop professional work skills, including the ability to:

  • Integrate knowledge of biology and biological research to occupations in clinical settings
  • Apply knowledge of biology and biological research to occupations in commercial or policy settings

These objectives serve the University’s mission to offer “career-oriented undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees and programs for people seeking personal and professional growth.”



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