Biology MS Information
The UAH Department of Biological Sciences appreciates your interest in our graduate degree program.
The graduate faculty, in cooperation with the biology graduate faculty of Alabama A&M University, offers an M.S. in biological sciences with emphasis in cell biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology and physiology. A minimum of 25 percent of biological sciences course requirements must be met at the cooperating institution. A minimum of 50 percent of the graduate program must be taken at the 600-level. The graduate program of study cannot include more than 4 credit hours each of BYS 691 or BYS 692. Three credit hours of graduate seminar (BYS 690) can be counted toward fulfillment of the graduate program, although it is expected that students will be enrolled in BYS 690 every semester. Titled BYS 691 courses offered on an ad hoc basis and instructed as part of the didactic curriculum are exempt from the 4 credit hour maximum.
Plan I – Master of Science with Thesis
Students will complete coursework (24 credit hours) and perform original research (a minimum of 6 thesis research credit hours) that will be described in their thesis. Students will complete a written preliminary examination in the form of an introductory chapter to the thesis and final oral and written examination (seminar presentation and committee examination of thesis work).
Plan II – Master of Science without Thesis
Students will complete an approved program of coursework (minimum of 33 credit hours), complete a written comprehensive final examination, and write and present a Master’s report for the supervisory committee. The report is usually in the form of a literature review, or survey about some topic agreed upon with the student’s advisor.
Plan III – Master of Science with Education (Two Choices):
1. Traditional Program- Students with Alabama Class B certification will complete coursework without specialization in the Department of Biological Sciences (24 credit hours), and in the Department of Education (12 credit hours), complete a written comprehensive final examination, write and present a Master’s report for the supervisory committee. Graduates will be recommended for Alabama Class A teaching certification.
2. Nontraditional Fifth Year Program - Students with an accredited baccalaureate degree other than teacher education, seeking initial certification (those that do not have a Class B – baccalaureate level teaching certification) will complete coursework in the Department of Education (26 hours, including an internship) and the Department of Biological Sciences (24 credit hours) as well as complete a written comprehensive final examination and write a Master’s report. Students will also be required to take a one-hour course, “Introduction to Education,” prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. Graduates will be recommended for Alabama Class A teaching certification.
In addition to fulfilling admission requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies, applicants must also:
taken the general GRE exam and TOEFL when applicable
show competence in an area of life science related to the proposed area of study
complete one year of undergraduate chemistry, including at least one semester each of organic chemistry and biochemistry
have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major area of concentration
a course in statistics is also recommended
Applicants demonstrating potential for graduate study in the biological sciences but having some deficiencies in their previous academic work may be admitted on a conditional basis.
Submit the online application from the School of Graduate Studies. In order to complete the application process for the Department of Biological Sciences you must also complete the Secondary Departmental Graduate Program application as well as have two letters of recommendation be sent on your behalf. If you are interested in being considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) please submit the GTA Application form (click here for GTA information). All forms must be sent to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Matzkin, either by mail or email (all forms are can be found below). For full consideration for a GTA please submit all your material before February 15th for Fall semester admittance or August 15th for Spring semester admittance.
We would like you to be as informed as possible about our department and faculty. If you are applying for the Plan I track (MS with Thesis), we strongly recommend that you contact a perspective advisor prior to applying.
We look forward to receiving your completed application and we will give you full consideration for admissions into the UAH Department of Biological Sciences. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by telephone at (256) 824-4326 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Luciano M. Matzkin
Director of the Graduate Program
Department of Biological Sciences
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, Alabama 35899
Office (256) 824-4326
Dr. Luis Rogelio Cruz-Vera
Chairman of Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Biological sciences
Office (256) 824-6261
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