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Adviser: Steven Williams

The Department of Biological Sciences maintains an active graduate program leading to the master of science degree in biological sciences. The program of study emphasizes independent research supported by advanced coursework. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong background in the life sciences and a clear commitment to independent laboratory, field and/or theoretical research.

The department offers opportunities for original work in a wide variety of fields, including animal behavior, biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, ecology, environmental science, evolutionary biology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, plant sciences and physiology. Students pursuing the master of science degree are required to participate in the graduate seminar (BIO 507) and are expected to undertake a course of study, designed in conjunction with their adviser, that will include appropriate courses both within and outside the department.


New applications are due by January 15th each year for admission at the start of the subsequent fall semester.


The Biological Sciences Master's Program is fully funded: accepted students receive a tuition waiver and an academic year stipend in exchange for work in the department as a Teaching Fellow assisting with laboratory courses. Students are also eligible for summer stipends and research support.


For more information on applying, follow the Applying link at right.