The master of arts in biology degree is designed to strengthen your background in biological sciences and related disciplines through course work at the graduate level; there is no research thesis requirement. While the MA degree requires 16 credit hours from courses offered by the biology department (BIO, BIOT, BOT, ZOOL), the remaining 14 credit hours needed to fulfill the 30 hours required for graduation can be taken in a wide variety of other disciplines. This allows you to tailor your course work to meet your individual needs. This degree is appropriate for students who seek advanced course work in preparation for jobs in biomedical laboratories, natural resource management agencies, scientific supply firms, environmental consulting firms, and scientific publishing firms. Graduate-level course work toward an MA degree can also further prepare students for post-graduate education in biology or medical professions. In addition, the MA degree would be especially advantageous for in-service life science teachers who wish to enhance their biology knowledge and skills while also allowing them to take graduate course work in education from Teachers College or science education (SCI) courses offered within the biology department.
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