Dr. Bela Peethambaran, Co-Director
Dr. Edwin Li, Co-Director
Dr. Kenneth Myers, Co-Director
The Master of Science in Biology program at Saint Joseph's University is designed to provide training in technical and professional skills for students who wish to join the workforce as proficient scientists, or for students who desire to pursue a doctoral or professional degree.
Description of Program
The M.S. program requires completion of traditional courses and an extensive research project that culminates with a written thesis. The degree is typically completed within two years. Students can choose to specialize in one of the following concentrations: (1) Cell and Molecular Biology, and (2) Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Non-matriculated students may also, with permission, enroll for isolated credit.
Goal 1: Students will develop proficiency in subject content, train in cutting-edge technologies, and appropriate professional skills that will aid in their overall development as a scientist.
Outcome 1.1: Students will be informed about prospective careers for life scientists in government, industry, and academia as well as learn about the professional and ethical expectations for scientists.
Outcome 1.2: Students will be familiar with the appropriate set of research, laboratory and/or field skills used by specialists in their subfields of choice.
Goal 2: Students will develop skills in experimental design and the presentation of scientific information.
Outcome 2.1: Students will be able to design an experiment, operate basic laboratory equipment, reduce and present data that includes the interpretation of statistical tests.
Outcome 2.2: Students will be able to develop cogent written and oral presentations of scientific content.
Outcome 2.3: Students will be able to locate, read, interpret, evaluate, and discuss primary literature in biology.
The M.S. degree requires completion of 30 credits of graduate level courses.
|BIO 785||Introduction to Research||1-2|
|BIO 786||Research Ethics||1|
|BIO 801||Scientific Discourse (at least 4 semesters)||2|
|BIO 887||Graduate Colloquium||1|
|MAT 704||Statistics for Research||3|
|BIO 799||Master's Research||1-9|
|Two (2) Biology electives (600 level or higher) are required.|
The M.S. degree requires completion of a research project in the biological sciences under the supervision of a research mentor. The findings are published in thesis form. A Thesis Committee will be formed to follow the progress of the candidate, evaluate the final thesis, and administer a final oral examination (thesis defense) based on the thesis research. The thesis must be acceptable in both scholarship and literary quality. To be recommended for the Master of Science degree in Biology, the candidate must receive approval of the majority of the committee members.
Students in the M.S. Biology program may elect to declare one of the following concentrations: (1) Cell and Molecular Biology, and (2) Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. The concentration is optional. Students are not guaranteed a particular sequence of courses to ensure the completion of a concentration. The concentration must be declared by the end of the Add-Drop period in the last semester of enrollment.
Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology
For the concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology, students must complete two of the following elective courses:
|Advanced Cell Biology|
and Advanced Cell Biology Lab *
|BIO 861||Cell and Molecular Biology *||3|
and Molecular Genetics Lab
and Neurobiology Lab
and Immunology Lab
and Microbiology Lab
and Systemic Physiology Lab
and Bioinformatics Lab
and Mol & Cel Biophysics Lab
and Biotechnology Lab
and Bacterial Pathogenesis Lab
and Histopathology Lab
and Neurological Disorders Lab
|BIO 710||Fundamentals of Brewing Scienc||3|
*Students can take BIO 602/602L or BIO 861, but not both.
Concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
For the concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, students must complete two of the following elective courses:
and Animal Behavior Lab
and Ecology Lab
|Plant Physiological Ecology|
and Plant Physiological Eco Lab
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
and Bioinformatics Lab
|Applied & Environ Microbiology|
and Applied & Environ Micro Lab
and Evolution Lab
and Environmental Science Lab