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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences, MS

Program Description

The MS and PhD degree programs in Biological Sciences encompass a wide variety of disciplines in both plant and animal biology with three major emphasis areas: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Comparative Organismal Biology.

Applicants to the graduate degree programs in Biological Sciences must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and a background of training in biology. All students are expected to have completed inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, calculus, biology, organismal diversity, genetics, and evolutionary biology.

For more information, please visit https://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/academics/graduate/index.html.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option of the MS is designed specifically for K-12 teachers and others interested in biological sciences education. The scope of the research project is not as extensive as the thesis required in the traditional MS program; however, it is expected that students will conduct original scientific research and write a document of the caliber of a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The student and the student’s graduate committee will determine the subject of the research project.

Admission to the non-thesis option of the MS program requires a suitable undergraduate education. Students do not need an undergraduate degree in biology to be considered for admission.