Most course work requirements are identified during the student’s Preliminary Advisory Committee meeting. Students are expected to take graduate-level courses (or have equivalent knowledge) in ecology, evolution, and systematics. A student’s advisory committee may add course requirements during annual meetings. Listed below are specific course requirements for all master’s students in the EEB department:

  1. Students must complete BIOL 701 Topics in Responsible Scholarship & Teaching Effectiveness during the first year of graduate education in the fall semester.
  2. Students must complete BIOL 801 Current Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar during the first year of graduate study in the spring semester.
  3. Students must complete a graduate-level course in statistics, typically fulfilled by completing BIOL 841 Biometry I. Alternatively, students may demonstrate equivalent background knowledge.
  4. Students pursuing the thesis option must complete a minimum of one credit hour of BIOL 899 Master’s Thesis.

Master's students pursuing the thesis program must complete at least 30 graduate-level credit hours with no more than 10 hours from enrollment in thesis, research, or advanced study hours. Master's students in the nonthesis program must complete a minimum of 36 graduate-level credit hours with no more than 12 hours from enrollment in thesis, research, or advanced study hours.

M. A. in Botany

Students seeking an M.A. in botany must take a graduate-level course in at least two of the following three areas:

  1. plant ecology;
  2. plant systematics or morphology;
  3. plant development or physiology
M. A. in Entomology
Students seeking an M.A. in entomology must take "Biology of Insects" (BIOL 500) and "Laboratory in Insect Biology and Diversity" (BIOL 502) unless they have taken equivalent courses. In addition, students are required to take at least one of the following courses:
  1. "External Morphology of Insects" (BIOL 708),
  2. "Insect Systematics (BIOL 711), or
  3. Insect Physiology and Internal Morphology (BIOL 716).

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