Biology (Master of Science)
Faculty research interests fall into two broad groupings: 1) cell and molecular biology, physiology and behavior; 2) 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
An undergraduate major in biology or its equivalent. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination, general (aptitude) section. Acceptability to the faculty member with whom the candidate wishes to do thesis research.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science
Satisfactory completion of a qualifying examination.
Minimum Degree Requirements
Biology Graduate Colloquia, four credits; eleven to eighteen additional credits in biology and related fields; thesis research (eight to fifteen credits) and successful defense of thesis. Each candidate must participate in the teaching of at least one undergraduate course.