The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biological Sciences is a course-work only degree designed for individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge of foundational concepts in Biological Sciences and gain practical hands-on training in controlled laboratory exercises, data analysis and presentation as well as scientific pedagogical practices. This degree does not require the traditional intensive commitment to data-driven research that is the hallmark of the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Biology.
Admission to the Biological Sciences (M.A.) Degree program will be based on an overall appraisal of the ability to undertake master’s education. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended will be reviewed for coursework and for a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Recent (within the past 5 years) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores will be required of all applicants with minimum criteria for regular admission being a combined score of 300 on the revised GRE scale. Permission to continue admission may be considered and will follow those guidelines set forth by the University of Alabama Graduate School.
For international applicants requirements for this degree program will adhere to the University of Alabama Graduate School policies concerning test scores for English as a Second Language.
|Courses Required for All M.A. Students|
|BSC 604 or||Sci Writing and Presentation||3|
|BSC 695||Spec Topics Biolog Sci|
|BSC 505||Intro to Grad Studies||2|
|BSC 601||Biological Sciences Seminar (required each semester in residence at the Tuscaloosa campus)||1|
|At least one course designated as laboratory||3-4|
|Cell Biology Laboratory|
|Human Physiology Lab|
|Bch/Molecular Biology Lab|
|Histology Of Vertebrates|
|Foundations in Advanced Biostatistics with Applications to R|
|Vertebrate Funct Morphol|
|Biology Of Algae|
|Credit Hours Subtotal:||9-10|
|BSC 696||Resident Study||2-6|
The M.A. degree in Biological Sciences is a plan II non-thesis degree path only. In addition to lecture-based coursework, all M.A. students will be required to enroll in one laboratory skills course (the selection of which should reflect their career interests and are identified in the above chart by (L) designations). Additionally, as is required of all plan II master’s students in the UA Graduate School, all Biological Sciences (M.A.) students must complete a Capstone Experience. For this degree the Capstone Experience will entail the writing of a literature-based survey of a biological topic selected by the student and approved by a departmental faculty Advisory Committee and culminate with a final oral, public presentation on the topic.