Master of Science in Biology

With two tracks to choose from the Biology graduate degree offers advanced training in the biological sciences leading to entrance in doctoral programs, or employment in government agencies, educational institutions, and private industry. Areas of expertise include Botany, Genetics, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Wetlands/Coastal Ecology.


Thesis Track

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Requires 33 credit-hours of course work.


One will have the opportunity to structure his or her course work and thesis topic according to his or her other particular research interests in biology (to include Microbiology, Marine Biology, Biotechnology, or Molecular/Immunobiology). Whether one wants to go on to doctoral work, employment, or teaching in the field, a master's in this program is ideal. Some representative careers include: bioremediation, marine biology, medical research, microbiology, education, pharmaceutics, and public health.

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Non-Thesis Track

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Requires 36 credit-hours of course work.


The general Biology non-thesis master’s degree is a flexible graduate degree that allows students to tailor coursework to their specific interests. The degree does not require completion of a thesis. The core required courses provide a foundation in experimental design, lab techniques, and other aspects of graduate-level knowledge. Directed study hours allow for hands-on experiences within a more restricted time frame than a thesis. A large number of elective hours allow students to shape the degree to support their future goals.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*

  • Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
  • Submission of official transcripts
    *International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of graduate admission tests: GRE - Verbal 151 and Quantitative 152 on new GRE format or Verbal 450 and Quantitative 550 on old GRE format
  • Undergraduate degree with cumulative GPA greater than 3.0
  • A Biology or Biology-related degree. For applicants with non-biology related degrees, they would need to have taken at least three of these courses: General Biology I & II, Biochemistry I, Microbiology, Genetics, Ecology or Evolution (courses can be completed in the first year of graduate school if needed)
  • Undergraduate senior year/major GPA
  • Submission of letter of intent describing work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals
  • Submission of three recommendation letters
  • Prospective thesis advisor's agreement letter (thesis track only)

Non-Thesis admission must fulfill ONE of the following three:

  • Submission of graduate admission tests: GRE - Verbal 151 and Quantitative 152 on new GRE format or Verbal 450 and Quantitative 550 on old GRE format
  • MCAT score should be equal or greater than the national average score of 500
  • DAT score should be equal or greater than the national average score of 17

Department Contact

Dr. Philip Darby
Graduate Program Coordinator
Associate Chair, Associate Professor

 Phone: (850) 474-2647
 Email: pdarby@uwf.edu 

Catalog Description

Preferred Application Dates (For Assistantships)

  • Preferred Date artwork - Fall Semester - February 15
  • Preferred Date - Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer-February 1 Application Date Square

To ensure consideration for all available graduate funding, applicants should submit applications received by the listed Preferred Application Date. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed for admission, but may not be eligible for funding. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate coordinator or department chair for more information.

Graduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall-June 1 - Graduate Application Deadline
  • Spring-Oct 1 - Graduate Application Deadline
  • Summer-Mar 1 Graduate Application Deadline

Application deadlines for most graduate programs. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate coordinator or department chair for more information.


Faculty Currently Recruiting Graduate Students

Dr. Wayne Bennett
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Marine Biology.
Dr. Rodney Guttmann
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Biology.
Dr. Jane Caffrey
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Estuarine Nutrient Biogeochemistry.
Dr. Alexis Janosik
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Molecular Ecology and Evolution. 
Dr. Peter Cavnar
Assists Graduate Students with thesis research in Biomedical Science.
Dr. Wade Jeffrey
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Marine Microbiology.
Dr. Hui-Min Chung
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Genetics.
Dr. Joe Lepo
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Microbiology.
Dr. Toby Daly-Engel
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Marine Vertebrates and Genetics. 
Dr. Christopher Pomory
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Marine Invertebrates.
 
Dr. Philip Darby
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Wetlands and Wildlife Ecology.
Dr. Scott Taylor
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Biomedical Sciences and Developmental Biology.
Dr. Theodore Fox
Assists graduate students with thesis research in Botany.
 

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