Transfer of Credits
Course for which transfer credits are sought must have been completed with a grade of "B" or better. Approval is required by the Chair of the Department.
No student will be granted an M.S. degree unless all requirements are completed within a period of eight (8) consecutive calendar years from the time of admission to the program.
Students are required to spend one academic year in resident study on the campus. One academic year may include two adjacent regular semesters or one regular semester and one adjacent summer session. To satisfy the continuous residence requirement, the student must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) hours for the required period.
Admission To Candidacy Requirements
When approximately 12-15 semester hours have been completed, the student should make application for advancement to candidacy. Please note that students cannot be advanced to candidacy until:
A student seeking the M.S. in Biology degree must:
Pathway to graduation Timeline, Graduate school and Departmental Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Biology
Courses available for the M.S. degree in Biology provide appropriate preparation for:
1) Biological, marine and environmental sciences
2) Advanced professional degrees elsewhere in zoology, plant science, marine science, environmental biology, environmental health, biomedical science, toxicology, genetics, immunology, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, anatomy and other associated areas
3) Research careers in industry, government and academic institutions, and professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and related health fields.
Upon receiving your admission letter, please contact the Graduate Program Director in the Biology Department: Dr. Ibrahim O Farah at 601-979-3466 or by email: ibrahim.o.farah@ jsums.edu, to answer your questions about entering to the program.
The following is the timeline for matriculation and pathway to graduation.
|Required Course||Course Title||Semester Hours|
|BIO 515||Molecular Biology||3|
|BIOL 515||Molecular Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIO 540||Cell Biology,||3|
|BIO 540||Cell Biology Laboratory|
|CHML 531||Biochemistry Laboratory||1|
|BIO 589||Graduate Seminar||1|
|BIO 599||Thesis Research||6|
Elective Courses (Total = 16 semester hours) A student in consultation with his/her advisor and guidance committee must select a minimum of sixteen (16) semester hours from departmental course offerings to complete degree requirements.
Department of Biology Graduate COurse Offerings
In addition to the required courses shown above, the student must complete a minimum of 16 semester hours selected from some of the elective courses listed below.
|Required Course||Course Title||
|BIO 509||General Genetics||3|
|BIO 515||Molecular Biology||4|
|BIO 513||Advanced Human Nutrition||3|
|BIO 530||Advanced Microbiology||4|
|BIO 531||Invertebrate Zoology||4|
|BIO 533||Biology of Water Pollution||4|
|BIO 540||Cell Biology||4|
|BIO 550||Immunology and Serology||4|
|BIO 570||Human Physiology||4|
|BIO 587||Independent Study||2|
|BIO 517||Int. Remote Sensing||3|
|BIO 518||Appl. Remote Sensing||3|
|BIO 650||Analysis of Hormone Action||3|
|BIO 561||Molecular Virology||3|
|BIO 615||Principles of Bioremediation||3|
|CHEM 515||Environmental Chemistry||4|
|ITHM 520-531||Industrial/Technical Hazardous Materials Management courses||3-6|