Biology (Master of Science for Teachers)
Faculty research interests fall into two broad groupings: A) cell and molecular biology, physiology and behavior; B) ecology and evolution. Current research projects under the first group include: molecular biology of cilia; visual system development in zebrafish; smell and taste receptor cell function using molecular biology, calcium imaging and electrophysiology; olfactory and taste driven behavior; muscle development using biophysical, molecular and proteomic approaches; proteomics, biochemistry and cell biology applied to molecular mechanisms of signal transduction governing neuronal positioning. Current research projects under the second group include: community ecology and evolutionary ecology of carnivorous plants; phylogenetics to study evolution and biogeography of spiders and other groups; genetics of malaria parasites using classical parasitology, field studies and molecular biology; ecology, zoogeography and conservation of small mammals; modeling and analysis of complex biological and environmental systems; multi-species interactions among plants, their mutualist pollinators and antagonists that include herbivores, seed predators, and competitors; developmental plasticity interactions with extreme sexual size dimorphism in spiders; evolution, ecology, and behavior of social insects; ecology and evolution of disease.
Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science in Teaching
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and certification as a teacher of biology or an associated field. At least three years of secondary school teaching. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination, general (aptitude) section.
Minimum Degree Requirements
Thirty credits of course work to include a selection of courses in the Departments of Plant Biology and Biology which will broaden and balance the undergraduate work in biology. Courses in four of the five following areas: anatomy; neurobiology; morphology and systematics; evolution; genetics; developmental biology; and environmental biology. Up to twelve credits of 100-level courses may be used for the above requirements where approved by the advisor and the dean. Appropriate courses in related science departments chosen with the studies committee may be used to complete the required thirty credits. No thesis is required; however, each degree recipient must complete a written examination.