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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology MS

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Associate Chair for Graduate Studies: Timberley Roane
Office: Science, 4096
Telephone: 303-556-6592
E-mail: timberley.roane@ucdenver.edu
Website: clas.ucdenver.edu/biology/grad.html


Requirements for Admission

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, awarded within the preceding ten years. Students whose biology degree was awarded more than 10 years prior to entrance to the CU Denver program will be expected to retake or show competence in the biology core courses. Successful applicants generally have earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Most applicants have an undergraduate major in biology or a related field. Students entering the master’s program in biology must have completed the equivalent of a minor in biology . Although a deficit of one course is allowed, this must be completed within the first semester of entering the master’s program and will not apply toward the degree. The general GRE is required of all applicants, with scores above the 50th percentile required on each of the three sections (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing).

The master’s program has two tracks: research (thesis) and course work (non-thesis). For both tracks, applicants to the master’s in biology program must have a declared area of specialization that aligns with the research focus of a biology graduate faculty member. Faculty expertise can be found under Graduate Faculty Profiles on the Department of Integrative Biology website. Students must contact prospective faculty advisors to determine if openings are available within the faculty member’s program.

Application deadlines are February 1 for domestic U.S. students and January 15 for international students. Applications submitted after the deadline date WILL NOT be considered. Before submitting an application, it is highly recommended that students meet with the associate chair for graduate studies to ensure this program meets individual needs and that students meet the program requirements. Application to the master’s in biology program is through CU Denver Admissions.

Degree Requirements

All course work taken within the Department of Integrative Biology and applied toward the degree must be at the 5000 level or above. There is no core of required courses. A course plan is developed jointly by the student and faculty advisor and is approved by the student’s graduate committee. In addition to regular meetings throughout the semester, all students must meet with their faculty advisor at the beginning of each semester to determine course schedules and upcoming deadlines. A pre-registration agreement form is signed by the student and advisor, and then filed with the associate chair for graduate studies in biology to ensure that degree requirements are met, and that selected courses will be applicable toward the MS degree.

With the advisor’s and/or graduate committee’s approval, a maximum of 6 semester hours of course work at the 4000 level taken outside the department may be applied toward the degree. At least 18 semester hours must be taken from faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at CU Denver. Upon approval of the department, as many as 12 semester hours may be transferred into the program. Two types of degree tracks are offered:

Research (thesis) track

Students must form a three-person committee consisting of members of the graduate faculty, with at least two from the rostered CU Denver graduate faculty. Committee membership must be approved by the faculty advisor. The research track requires 30 semester hours, including a minimum of 4 and no more than 6 thesis hours. Students may also count a maximum of 7 hours (total) of graduate-level independent study and/or internship. Graduate internship or independent study projects must be research-based. In addition, two semesters of graduate seminar (BIOL 6655) are required. The research track requires the preliminary exam, a research proposal defense and a research thesis defense.

Course work (non-thesis) track

This track is reserved primarily for teachers and career professionals requiring additional background for career advancement. The course work track requires 32 semester hours, including two semesters of graduate seminar (BIOL 6655). The course work track requires the preliminary exam, a series of two written exams and an oral comprehensive exam.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid for graduate students may be available from university and/or state fellowships, research assistantships sponsored by individual faculty members and teaching assistantships. Teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis through application. Students should refer to the department web site for information on how to apply for a teaching assistantship.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid  for information about fellowships, or the associate chair for graduate studies for information about research and teaching assistantships.



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