Oct 26, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Natural Science, M.S.


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Natural Science Program  

Master of Science
Curriculum 8020 Requirements

Course Requirements


Core Courses: (6 cr.)


Program Study Options: (15-18 cr.)


Each student will concentrate in one natural science area or a clearly defined interdisciplinary topic. The specific course of study must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee in the first semester.

Biology


Research Thesis or Project: (6-9 cr.)


Complete either a final written thesis based upon independent research (6-9 credits) or a final non-thesis project (6 credits) as approved by the student’s graduate committee.

Thesis Option


Complete a research project and a written thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. The student’s Graduate Advisory Committee and research advisor will determine the specific requirements. Thesis credits should be taken as one of the following courses:

Project Option


Conduct and/or apply research in a practicum or internship setting, under the direction of a site supervisor and/or a faculty supervisor. A written report describing the research, its applicability, and the internship site will be required. The student’s Graduate Advisory Committee and research advisor will determine the specific requirements. Project credits should be taken as the following course:

  • SCI 594 - Applied Graduate Research (6 cr.)

Total Credit Hours 30


Additional Degree Requirements


An oral defense/evaluation of the thesis or the project must be completed no later than 30 days before the date for graduation. The evaluation format will be determined by the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee. The oral defense normally includes an oral seminar presentation open to the public followed by a private committee meeting with the student’s Graduate Advisory Committees.

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