Graduate program director
Jennifer K. Stewart, Ph.D.
Director of graduate studies
Program website: biology.vcu.edu/graduate/ms
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Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
Biology, Master of Science (M.S.)
Spring and Summer
By special permission of graduate director
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU
The Department of Biology prepares graduate students for:
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses and to conduct significant research.
|BIOL 693 Current Topics in Biology||2-4|
|BIOL 698 Thesis||6-9|
|BIOS/STAT 543 Statistical Methods I (Students should take STAT 543 as early as possible. Students entering the program with a statistics background equivalent to STAT 543 may petition to have this requirement waived.)||3|
|Choose courses from the following list of recommended electives in consultation with adviser.|
|BIOL/BNFO 601 Integrated Bioinformatics||3|
|BIOL 606 Quantitative Ecology||3|
|BIOL 610 Conservation Applications||3|
|BIOL 618 Ecosystems Ecology||3|
|BIOL 626 Physiological Ecology||4|
|BIOL 630 Patterns of Mammalian Reproduction||3|
|BIOL 640 Evolution and Molecular Markers||3|
|BIOL 650 Conservation Genetics||3|
|BIOL/ENVS/URSP 654 Environmental Remote Sensing||3|
|BIOL 660 Developmental Biology||3|
|BIOL 676 Plant and Animal Cell Biology||3|
|BIOL 690 Biology Seminar||1|
|BIOL 691 Special Topics in Biology||1-4|
|BIOL 692 Independent Study||1-4|
|Any 500-level course in BIOL, PHTX, BIOS or STAT (6 credit hour maximum includes BIOS 543/STAT 543)||6 (maximum)|
|Any 500- or 600-level course in BIOC, BNFO, ENVS, HGEN, LFSC, MICR, PCEU or PHIS||6 (maximum)|
|Any 600-level course in CLSE, EDUS, EGRB, GRAD, NEUS, PSYC or URSP||6 (maximum)|
|Note: At least 19 credit hours must be courses designated exclusively for graduate students.|
|Total graduate credit hours required (minimum)||30|
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Degree candidacy requirements
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
Details on the M.S. degree in biology can be found in the Guidelines for Graduate Studies in Biology at biology.vcu.edu/sites/default/files/pdfs/MS_Guidelines.pdf.