Graduate Education


Biology IconThe Department of Biology offers courses leading to a Master of Science in biology and provides minor and support areas for degrees in other fields. Credit for a 5000-level course is not given to a student with previous undergraduate credit in a similar course. Only 15 hours of 5000-level courses may count toward a graduate degree.
Students pursuing a master’s degree in related fields can include 12 to 18 hours of work in biology. Students pursuing the non-thesis option for the Master of Science degree with a major in biology can include up to nine hours of work in an approved minor or support area.

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Chemistry IconThe Department of Chemistry provides the programs for graduate students to complete the Master of Science degree in Chemistry to become professional chemists or to become professional secondary school/community college teachers. Both program tracks require students to finish 12 credit hours of core courses, three credit hours of seminar courses and nine credit hours of elective courses. In order to meet the total 30 credit hour requirement for graduation, students in traditional research track need to complete six credit hours on “thesis,” while those in teacher preparation track should finish six credit hours on “chemical educational project” on secondary school/community college education.

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Mathematics IconThe Department of Mathematics offers a 36-hour master’s degree program which can be completed in one of three ways:
(a) a 36-hour non-thesis program completed with coursework leading to a Master of Science in mathematics; (b) a 36-hour coursework-research project program completed by taking Research Report, MATH 6390 [three hours for project]; (c) a 36-hour coursework-thesis program completed by taking Thesis, MATH 7300 and MATH 7301 [six hours for thesis].
An 18-hour core is required of all students; additionally, students must complete 18 hours in a concentration area. A master’s in applied mathematics has also been added recently, a new option in the current master’s program. All students applying for admission to this program must meet all University requirements for entrance into graduate studies and hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a related field.

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Physics/Interdisciplinary Studies

Physics and Geology IconThe Department of Physics and Geology offers a 36-hour program leading to a Master of science in interdisciplinary studies (MSIS) in physics education with thesis and non-thesis options. These options are designed to prepare students in their pursuit of further professional development and for interdisciplinary graduate studies in their area of concentration in physics.

NOTE: All the prospective students must have science background to enroll in the MSIS in physics education program. Requirements: 16-18 hours of physics courses must be required (including PSCI 1421, PSCI 1422, PHYS 1401 and PHYS 1402 and advanced physics hours) for students/teachers coming from other disciplines.

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