Biology (BIO) information
Director: Heather Dawson
Program Faculty: Professors Randall Duncan, Joseph F. Sucic; Associate Professors Heather Dawson, Jerry D. Sanders, Kevin Tang; Assistant Professors You-Shin Chen, Karmen Hollis-Etter, Rebecca Tonietto, Jill Witt; Lecturers Anita Baxter-Blough, Kenneth Cabine, Russell Cossaboom, Dwayne Etter, Dania Habeck, Danielle Harbin, Cynthia Holzer, Kerry Lazenby, Elizabeth A. Malinowski, Earl Mayhew, Jennifer Miller, Jon Morey, Jill Slater, Melvin Smith, Dennis P. Viele, Jr., Margaret Ware, Nicole Yambrick, Teresa Yoder-Nowak
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:
- A Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or a related life science (e.g., zoology, botany) from an accredited institution
- Two (2) letters of recommendation (BS/MS applicants only require one (1) letter of recommendation)
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in required prerequisite undergraduate courses or their equivalents
- A written statement delineating personal goals for graduate study
- A personal interview may be conducted by the graduate admissions committee of the Biology faculty of the UM-Flint
- General and advanced GRE Scores
- Completion of the prerequisites below
- An application fee
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. See Transfer of Credit in the Graduate Study section for additional information on University of Michigan-Flint policies regarding the transfer of graduate credit.
Time Limit for Degree Completion
All requirements must be completed within six calendar years of initial enrollment in the program.
Academic Rules and Regulations
See College of Arts, Sciences, and Education (CASE) and Graduate Study for rules and regulations pertaining to all College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs.