M.S. Degree with a Major in Biology

  • Total Credit Hours: 30
  • Degree Format: Traditional

About this field

Biology is the study of life and living organisms. Biologists study the five principles of biology including cell theory, gene theory, homeostasis, evolution, and energy and thermodynamics. Biology students at Valdosta State University learn the basic principles of biology, along with the latest developments in the biological sciences, and develop the ability to understand and critically analyze biological issues. Students are prepared for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs and for careers in biology-related fields.

The Valdosta State Difference

Valdosta State’s biology major is one of the most popular programs at the university. Students work closely with faculty members both in the classroom and through research projects outside the classroom. Students can enhance their classroom experience by participating in several student organizations and opportunities to study abroad. The biology department is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that includes several teaching labs, a computer lab and other fully equipped labs.

What You'll Learn

The Master of Science degree in biology is designed to take two years to complete. The degree provides students with advanced training in the life sciences and prepares them for careers in the fields of biology, education and biotechnology/medicine or to continue study toward a doctoral degree. The program emphasizes the development of technical and scientific writing skills, with an emphasis on student research publications.


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