General Masters Program Information

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Feb 21, 2013 (4 years and 4 months ago)

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Masters of Science
Degrees in Biology and
Biotechnology

How to successfully navigate through
your program.



Biology:


Dr. Garry Sunter (458
-
5479)

Biotechnology:

Dr. Steven Saville (458
-
7023)


Administrative Assistant for MS Programs:




Diane May (458
-
4459)







Main Biology Office (BSB 2.03.02).


Program Advisors and Contacts.

Be Aware of Your Admission Status.

Your admission status will fall into one of the
following categories:

Unconditional

Conditional

Special Graduate



Unconditional Status

If you are unconditionally accepted, you are a
clear admission and do not have to fulfill added
requirements.

For unconditional acceptance, you must have:

Degree in Biology or equivalent

GRE scores above 1000

GPA
>

3.0

Two supportive letters of recommendation

Statement of Future Plans

Conditional Status

If you have a conditional acceptance, find out
what the conditions are and
meet them as soon as
possible
. (Review your acceptance letter.).

If you are required to enroll in additional courses,
take them first!

When you have met all conditions, be sure you
formally apply to change your status with Diane
May who will process the appropriate paper work.

Courses completed to satisfy conditions cannot be
applied to the MS degree.

If you are a Special Graduate

Special Graduate students that decide to seek a
degree must submit a formal application to the MS
program.


A maximum of
12 hours of course work earned as
a Special Graduate can count toward your Masters
Degree.

MS Biology Program of Study

Includes 18 hours of organized course work.

Includes 18 hours of additional coursework.

For non
-
thesis degree, includes 3 hours of Bio
7041 (Colloquia).

For Thesis, includes 6 hours of Masters Thesis.

Custom design a program of study that supports
your educational and career goals.

Organized Coursework

Courses can be selected to develop expertise in:

Neurobiology

Cellular, Molecular and Developmental
Biology

Biochemistry

Plant Biology

Microbiology/Immunology

Bioinformatics/Computational Biology

Additional Coursework (18 Hours)

Organized courses (Typically Graduate Level Biology
Courses).

Up to 6 hours of approved upper division undergraduate
courses.

Colloquium courses (3 hours required for Biology MS if
student chooses non
-
thesis option).

Seminar courses.

For thesis degree, includes 6 hours of Masters


Thesis (Bio 6983).

Directed Research (Bio 5973).

Independent Study (Bio 6951
-
3).

Note: A maximum of 6 hrs of Bio 5973 and Bio 6951
-
3
combined, can be applied to your degree.

MS Biotechnology Program of
Study

Includes 14 hours of required Core Lecture
Courses.

Includes 3 hours of laboratory coursework.

Includes 3 hours of experimental data
management coursework.

Includes 9 hours of coursework selected
from 1 of 4 areas of specialization.

Includes 7 hours of electives.

Core Courses

Biotechnology core curriculum (15 Hours):

BIO

5113

Principles of Biochemistry

BIO

5123

Principles of Molecular Biology

BIO

5133

Principles of Cell Biology

BIO

5623

Bioinformatics for Biotechnology

BIO

5762

Fundamentals of Immunology



for Biotechnology




Microbial Biotechnology


Biodefense


Drug Development and Discovery


Molecular Biotechnology

Areas of Specialization

Directed research
. Students may elect to
develop expertise in research techniques in a
selected emphasis in biology/biotechnology
through BIO 5973 Directed Research.


Master’s thesis option (MS Biology Only)
.
Students electing the thesis option must
complete 6 semester credit hours of BIO
6983 Master’s Thesis.


Research Options

Masters Thesis

Recommended for individuals interested in research careers.


To complete a Masters Degree with a Thesis:

Select a Chairperson for your committee with whom
you will do your thesis research.

Select a Thesis Committee (3 professors including your
Chairperson).

Must be enrolled in Master’s Thesis (Bio 6983) every
semester in which thesis is in progress. 6 hours of
Masters Thesis can be applied to the degree.

Obtain approval for your Thesis project from your
committee.

Take an oral qualifying exam. Write and orally defend
your Thesis.


Can I switch from Thesis to Non
-
thesis?

Yes,
BUT
:

If you have Masters Thesis credits, the hours
will
not

count toward your degree.
You will
have to make up the hours

with other courses.

You must fill out the appropriate paper work to
change your status.

Therefore, be sure you want to do a thesis
before you take your Masters Thesis hours.


Things to do in the first year.

Develop a Program of Study.





Remember,
NOT

all courses are offered every
semester, so plan carefully.


Thesis versus Non
-
Thesis option.

How and When do I select a
Chairperson and Committee?

Talk with your professors.

Form your committee by the end of your second
semester.

Committee is comprised of 3 members.

Tenure/Tenure
-
track or non
-
tenure track with a
Ph.D.

No more than one member can be NTT, and
that person cannot be the Chair.

Comprehensive Exam

Required for all MS students (thesis and non
-
thesis).

Oral qualifying examination.

Normally taken in second year.

Schedule exam for the end of your next to last
semester or early in your last semester.

Make sure all paperwork is in order before the
qualifying exam. (Work with Diane May to make
sure your file paperwork is up to date and complete).

Other Things you should know.

You must complete the program in no more than 6
years. You lose credit hours that are older than 6
years.

You can complete the program in 1.5
-

2 years.

You may switch programs but you must formally
apply for admission to the new program.

Look before you leap! Select your Chairperson
and research project carefully.


Members of your committee.


Biology:


Dr. Garry Sunter (458
-
5479)

Biotechnology:

Dr. Stephen Saville (458
-
7023)


Administrative Assistant for MS Programs:




Diane May (458
-
4459)







Main Biology Office (BSB 2.03.02)

Who can help me along the way?

Good Luck on Your
Journey


And Welcome to UTSA!