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M.S. in Biology Program Information

M.S. in Biology

The Master of Science in Biology program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is designed for students wishing to pursue the study of biology beyond the baccalaureate, both to increase depth of knowledge and to further develop the capacity to apply that knowledge by conducting independent research in a professional context.

Graduates of the program can expect to be employed directly by private industry, government, and educational institutions. Many of our graduates pursue additional graduate work at the doctoral level. Thus, the M.S. program successfully prepares candidates seeking either a terminal degree or further graduate study.

The Department of Biology at IUP is diverse. Four broad areas form the focus of research and graduate studies in the department:

  • Graduate student Matt WhiteEcology and animal behavior
  • Organismal biology and physiology
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Science education

The program offers a thesis option, as well as a non-thesis option.

Admission Criteria

To be admitted to the Department of Biology, the applicant must have completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. These requirements should include a major in Biology (or related subject), one year of inorganic chemistry, one semester of organic chemistry, and one semester of calculus or statistics. Applicants with undergraduate deficiencies may be required to register for courses that help to fill these deficiencies.

Program Requirements

The departmental requirements for candidacy for the M.S. degree are:

  • Satisfactory completion of 15 semester hours of graduate work, with at least eight hours in core courses.
  • The selection of a thesis advisor and a thesis advisory committee of at least two additional faculty members (in the case of the thesis student) or a research advisor (in the case of non-thesis student) to guide the candidate in completing the program.
  • An official application to candidacy, including a research proposal approved by the advisor, must be submitted to the Biology Department Graduate Committee.

Candidates must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. Continuance in the graduate program for those receiving two individual course grades below a “B” is contingent upon review of the Graduate Committee.

Students working for this degree will complete 35 semester hours of work in accordance with the following divisions. Students may pursue either a thesis or a non-thesis option.

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Biology Graduate Coordinator:

Dr.Josiah Townsend 
12 Weyandt Hall 

  • Biology Department
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 114
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1081
  • Phone: 724-357-2352
  • Fax: 724-357-5524
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.