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Department of Biology
142 Halsey Science Center
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 424-1102

Program of Study

Programs Offered

The Department of Biology offers a Master of Science (M.S.) with an emphasis in Biology or Microbiology.  Both programs follow the general requirements outlined below, but will differ in the subject of the graduate thesis.

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies, three additional requirements must be fulfilled:

1. Thirty credits applicable to the graduate degree constitute the minimal requirement for all students. At least 15 credits being applied to the M.S. degree must be in graduate-only courses (700 numbers). The other 15 credits may be from courses that are dual level (combined undergraduate and graduate students and designated by 500 and 600 numbers). Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or above.

2. Students must pass a written comprehensive examination and satisfy fully the graduate school requirements for advancement to candidacy. The exam is prepared and the results are evaluated by the Thesis Committee, which is selected by the student and is typically composed of three graduate faculty from the department (including the advisor); qualified individuals from other departments on campus and from off-campus institutions may be included. It is strongly recommended that students complete this exam as early as possible (e.g., by the end of the second semester for most students).

3. All students must write and successfully defend a thesis based on original research. The research is performed under the supervision of the thesis advisor. One of the most important functions of the Thesis Committee is to provide guidance and feedback for the student during the course of the student’s thesis research.

Further information is available in the Department of Biology’s Handbook for Graduate Students.

Required Courses and Electives

Required Courses

  • Two credits of graduate seminar in biological sciences (Bio 748)
  • Two credits of advanced statistics (Bio 710: Biostatistics)
  • Four credits of advanced topics (Bio 765 or 766: Advanced Topics in Microbiology or Biology)
  • Six thesis credits (Bio 795)
  • One additional credit at the 700-level

Elective Courses

Any combination of 500 or 600 level courses in the Department of Biology can be used for the 15 elective credits. In addition, selected courses in chemistry, geography, geology, mathematics,physics and psychology can be used. See TitanWeb for a complete list.