The emphasis of the Master of Science in Biology degree program is to develop practical research skills and a thorough conceptual foundation in the field of biological science. The program is course-based and includes a one-semester research experience. Students who are prepared for additional research training may pursue a master’s thesis under the sponsorship of a department faculty member. The faculty teach with an eye toward the real world applications of scientific inquiry. They bring relevant experience in a variety of research areas and are dedicated to high-quality instruction, personalized mentoring, and student engagement. In the 36-credit hour program, students will have flexible scheduling options and research, volunteer and internship opportunities that will prepare them to advance in their chosen field.
The BS degree in Biochemistry provides thorough training in the fundamental principles and experimental techniques of chemistry and biology as they apply to biological systems, and emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of these sciences. This program prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including biological or biochemical research, health sciences, government, industry, or with additional coursework in the College of Education, secondary science teaching. For students seeking careers in industry, the biochemistry major may lead to work in interdisciplinary sciences such as biotechnology, forensics, environmental science, or pharmacology, and it is well suited to the needs of pre-professional students, including pre-medical students and pre-pharmacy students.
The accounting program provides business administration and liberal arts students with an understanding of the development and use of accounting records and statements, budgeting funds, and cash flow analysis. For this purpose a two-semester course is offered that covers the development and use of the records, accounts and financial statements of merchandising, service and manufacturing concerns, whether organized as proprietorships, partnerships or corporations. The accounting program provides business administration and liberal arts students with an understanding of the development and use of accounting records and statements, budgeting funds and cash flow analysis.