Biology-Science Education Master’s Degree (M.S.)
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.
DegreeMaster of Science in Biology
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 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.
Spring: December 1
Fall: July 15
International Student Spring: November 1
International Student Fall: June 10
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 elective courses (must have advisor approval)
- 20-23 semester credit hours in biology graduate courses, including BIOL 6301, 6302, and 1 hour of 6181
- 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.
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 elective courses (must have advisor approval)
- 23 credit hours in biology graduate courses, including BIOL 6301, 6302, and 1 hour of 6181
- 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.
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.
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