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Biology-Science Education Master’s Degree (M.S.)

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This program is designed for students seeking careers as two- or four-year college educators. To enroll, a student must have a mentorship agreement with a biology professor and meet the previously stated admission requirements. Thesis and Non-Thesis Options are available.

Note: This program does NOT lead to teacher certification. However, secondary biology teachers seeking to expand their knowledge in the biological sciences and/or enhance their science education research skills are eligible to apply.

Degree

Master of Science in Biology

Program Highlights

  • Research opportunities in a broad array of subject areas

  • Access to the Angelo State Natural History Collections

  • Study abroad opportunities for graduate credit

Admission Formula

60 hrs undergraduate GPA multiplied by 100 + Verbal GRE Score + Quantitative GRE Score = 565

Admission Requirements

  • GRE Scores
  • All college and university transcripts
  • Essay

Prerequisites

A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in biology or a related discipline (i.e., zoology, botany, microbiology, wildlife ecology) with completion of a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of undergraduate course work in biology, including 12 semester credit hours of advanced course work (to include cell biology, evolution, ecology). Your undergraduate GPA must be a 2.5 minimum.

Application Deadlines

Spring: December 1

Fall: July 15

International Student Spring: November 1

International Student Fall: June 10

Degree Plan

  • Thesis Option

    Thesis students must complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate work, including:

    • 4 semester credit hours of core pedagogical courses (BIOL 6304 and BIOL 6171)
    • 3-6 semester credit hours of graduate education courses (choose from EDG 6331, 6310, 6322, or 6391)
    • 20-23 semester credit hours in biology graduate courses, including BIOL 6302
    • A thesis in science education (6 additional semester credit hours in biology will be awarded for successful completion of the thesis)

    Admission into the biology graduate program as a thesis student requires acceptance into a research program of one of the biology graduate faculty. Those interested in admission as a thesis student should first contact a biology graduate faculty member conducting research in an area of interest to the student.

    Non-Thesis Option

    A non-thesis student (a student who either has chosen the non-thesis option or has not yet been accepted into a graduate faculty member’s research program) is required to complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours, including:

    • 4 credit hours of core pedagogical courses (BIOL 6304 and BIOL 6171)
    • 6 credit hours of graduate education courses (choose from EDG 6331, 6310, 6322, or 6391)
    • 23 credit hours in biology graduate courses, including BIOL 6302
    • A research report in science education (BIOL 6391). Results of the research report must be presented orally to the Biology Department faculty during the last semester prior to graduation.

Assistantships

  • Graduate
  • Research
  • Teaching

Read this assistantship information to learn more about the availability and the application process.

  • Carr Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. No application is required.

Departmental Scholarships

For a complete list of available scholarships, see the Scholarship Programs website.

  • Dr. Charles Livingston Scholarship
    Donor JoAnna Livingston Fenton
    Eligibility To be determined by the Biology Department professors
    Amount $500
    Number One per year
  • Dr. Crosby W. Jones Research Scholarship
    Donor JoAnna Livingston Fenton
    Eligibility To be determined by the Biology Department professors
    Amount $500
    Number One per year
  • Dr. Merrill W. Everhart Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Estate of Mrs. Julia Tidwell Everhart
    Eligibility Junior students majoring in one of the natural sciences with a 3.0 or better GPA
    Amount Variable
    Number One per year
  • Elizabeth Ann H. Alexander
    Donor  
    Eligibility Students majoring in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or physics. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and demonstrate financial need.
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Gary Sanderford Science Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Family and friends of Gary Sanderford
    Eligibility San Angelo Central High School graduates majoring in the sciences
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Head-of-the-River Ranch Scholarship
    Donor Edie and Ford Boulware
    Eligibility Students majoring in the biological sciences
    Amount $200–$1,000
    Number Two or more per year
  • James Michael Archer Biological Scholarship
    Donor Family and friends of James Michael Archer
    Eligibility Deserving junior or senior, or graduate student majoring in biology
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Lloyd R. Hershberger and Raleigh F. Trotter Scholarship For Medical Technology
    Donor West Texas Medical Laboratory Association
    Eligibility ASU senior student participating in a hospital program (internship) for medical technology
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Ruth Dempsey-Ballinger Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Family and Friends of Ruth Dempsey-Ballinger (’76, ASU-summa cum laude)
    Eligibility Deserving women students in the Biology Department/Alpha Chi for academic excellence and service to the university.
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • San Angelo Community Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship
    Donor San Angelo Community Medical Center Auxiliary
    Eligibility Junior and senior students majoring in any medical-related field with a 3.0 GPA and who graduated from a high school in Texas
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Thelma Casey, Mary and Glenn Casey Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Danny Casey and Terry Casey
    Eligibility Junior and senior students majoring in natural sciences, 3.0 or higher GPA, with financial need
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable

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