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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology (MS)

Director: Joseph F. Sucic

Program Faculty: Professors Steven F. Myers, Joseph F. Sucic; Associate Professor Jerry D. Sanders; Assistant Professors Heather Dawson, Karmen Hollis-Etter, Julius Militante, Frank Miskevich, Kevin Tang, Jill Witt; Lecturers Judith Federico, Nanette Kelly, Elizabeth A. Malinowski, Jill Slater, Ernest J. Szuch, Dennis P. Viele, Jr., Margaret Ware, Teresa Yoder-Nowak.

Program Mission

The mission of the Biology Master of Science Program  is to update, as well as increase, breadth and depth of training in students who have completed undergraduate degrees in biology or related life science. The Program emphasizes varied methods and techniques that have proven useful in both teaching and research settings. Program core requirements survey cellular/molecular, organismal and ecology/evolutionary biology, and levels of biological organization; other coursework expands breadth and depth of student understanding of living systems.


The Program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment.

Admission to the Program

The following are required for regular admission:

  1. A Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or a related life science (e.g., zoology, botany) from an accredited institution
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in required prerequisite undergraduate courses or their equivalents
  4. A written statement delineating personal goals for graduate study
  5. A personal interview may be conducted by the graduate admissions committee of the Biology faculty of the UM-Flint
  6. General and advanced GRE Scores
  7. Completion of the prerequisites below
  8. An application Fee
Admission Deadlines

To begin in Spring or Summer term, students must apply for Regular Admissions no later than March 15 or May 15, respectively. To begin in Fall or Winter term, applications for thesis students must be received no later than March 1 or August 15, respectively, for guaranteed consideration.  To begin in Fall or Winter term, applications for non-thesis students must be received no later than August 1 or November 15, respectively. Conditional Admission may be granted if all prerequisites are not completed. Applications for this program may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Programs.

Transfer or Lifelong Learning Credit

All students, with approval of the graduate committee, may transfer in or take as a Lifelong Learner up to two graduate level courses (8 credits maximum) in biological sciences. No more than two courses (8 credits maximum) of cognate, transfer, or Lifelong Learning credits may be applied toward completion of this degree.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)  and Graduate Study  for rules and regulations pertaining to all College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs.


  1. Cell Biology, Ecology, Genetics
  2. Organic Chemistry
  3. Pre-Calculus Mathematics
  4. General Physics
  5. Statistics (preferably, Biostatistics) recommended


B. Option of Choice

One of the following options:

Thesis Option

  • (1). (1 credit). An original research project report (thesis) designed and completed in cooperation with the student’s advisor, including an oral defense of the thesis. Thesis design must be approved by the student’s individual thesis committee.
  • (1-5). (8 credits)
  • Additional graduate-level courses in biology  to complete a minimum total of 30 credit hours.  With permission of the Biology Graduate Committee, up to two graduate-level courses (8 credits maximum) in non-biological science may be applied toward the degree.

Non-Thesis Option

  • (1).
  • Additional graduate-level courses in biology  to complete a minimum total of 32 credits, which may include up to two credits in BIO 597 - Non-Thesis Research .  With permission of the Biology Graduate Committee, up to two graduate-level courses (8 credits maximum) in non-biological science may be applied toward the degree.