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About this Program

The Masters of Science (MS) program in Biology will provide post-baccalaureate students with advanced training in various biological disciplines, including physiology, ecology, evolutionary biology and biostatistics. Through its affiliation with the innovative Professional Science Masters (PSM) philosophy (, the program will emphasize both (a) application of biological knowledge to the needs of growing industries within our sector (e.g., medical device development and testing, insect pest management technologies, assessment and management of vulnerable habitats), and (b) the development of professional skills (e.g., communication, organizational management strategies) desired for advancement in these fields.

The flexible structure of the Biology MS permits tailoring of the program to the academic and career needs of the individual student in two main ways. First, beyond a core series of common coursework, students may elect to specialize in one of two tracks: applied ecology (focusing on subjects such as wetland and forest ecology, water quality assessment and management, and insect pest management) or the biomedical sciences (e.g., neurobiology, cardiac physiology, pathophysiology, and medical devices). Secondly, the capstone experience may be either an internship within a corporation (for students seeking new careers or advancement in the business world) or a more traditional research project (for students interested in future academic programs within the biological sciences).
Upon successful completion of the Biology MS program, a student will be able to demonstrate:

� Mastery of a focal subject area (applied ecology or biomedical sciences) within the biological sciences;
� Firm understanding of content-based learning outcomes for the specific courses included in the major;
� Advanced understanding of experimental design, data collection, and quantitative data analysis and interpretation in the biological sciences, as appropriate for work at the graduate level;
� The ability to communicate (through various modalities) scientific findings to both the expert and general public, as expected at the graduate level;
� Leadership and teamwork skills in diverse workforce environments, whether professional or academic.

Classroom Location(s)

  • Metropolitan State University, St Paul Campus 55106
Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh St. St. Paul, MN 55106
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