Biology Master’s Degree (M.S.)
To enroll in the Master of Science program, students must meet Biology Department admission guidelines and be approved by the department chair or the biology graduate program advisor, as well as the dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
A Thesis Option is offered for students preparing for further graduate work in biology. Students seeking admission for the Thesis Option must be accepted into the research program of a biology graduate faculty member.
A Non-Thesis Option is offered for students who want to improve their positions and skills as secondary school or junior college teachers, lab technicians, consultants or government employees.
DegreeMaster of Science in biology
- Government agencies
- Biological consulting
- Nature centers and parks
- Environmental organizations
- Health professions (physician, veterinarian, dentist, podiatrist, clinical lab scientist, chiropractor, optometrist)
Research opportunities in a broad array of subject areas
Access to the Angelo State Natural History Collections
Study abroad opportunities for graduate credit
60 hrs undergraduate GPA multiplied by 100 + Verbal GRE Score + Quantitative GRE Score = 565
- GRE scores
- All college and university transcripts
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 credit hours of undergraduate course work in biology, including 12 credit hours of advanced course work (to include cell biology, evolution, ecology). Your undergraduate GPA must be at least 2.5.
Spring: December 1
Fall: July 15
International Student Spring: November 1
International Student Fall: June 10
Typically, students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree choose the thesis option. Thesis students must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate work, including:
- 18-24 semester credit hours in biology graduate courses, including Biology 6301, 6302, and two hours of 6181.
- Up to 6 credit hours in supporting electives.
- A thesis in biology (6 additional semester credit hours in biology are awarded upon successful completion of the thesis)
Thesis research is available in:
- Systematics and/or ecology
- Molecular biology
- Developmental biology
- Science education
Those interested in admission as a thesis student to the biology graduate program should first contact a biology graduate faculty member conducting research in an area of interest to the student.
A non-thesis biology graduate 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 36 semester credit hours of biology graduate work, including:
- 21-30 semester credit hours in biology graduate courses, including Biology 6301, two hours of 6181, and three credit hours of literature based research (6391)
- Up to 9 semester credit hours in supporting electives
- Biology 6302
- Biology 6391 - Field or Laboratory Research
The literature-based research includes a thorough review of the literature on a topic acceptable to both the student and the supervising graduate faculty member.
Any non-thesis student interested in conducting additional research may seek approval from a member of the biology graduate faculty and the chair of the Biology Department. The student can then conduct additional laboratory or field-based study after the three-hour research requirement has been successfully completed.
Read this assistantship information to learn more about the availability and the application process.
Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships
Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No application is required.
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
Dr. William A. and Randi Buche Biology Scholarship Donor Dr. William A. and Randi Buche Eligibility Graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in Biology or Biology-Science Education. Preference will be given to a student not receiving the Carr Scholarship. Amount Variable Number Variable
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