Biology, M.S.

Biology graduate students acquire advanced skills and knowledge that enable them to join the scientific profession or pursue additional graduate studies at the doctoral level. The Biology, M.S. program offers three areas of specialization:


Biology (Thesis)
The thesis program is designed for students seeking advanced studies in areas of modern biology and biotechnology with training in the fields of marine biology, aquaculture, biochemistry, ecology, environmental studies, fisheries biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant science, and physiology. This is a traditional thesis program requiring 33 semester hours of course work. Students structure course work and thesis topic according to their particular interests in biology.

General Biology (Non-Thesis)
In this non-thesis specialization, students can tailor coursework to their specific interests. 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 and a large number of elective hours allow students to shape the degree to support their future goals. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the UWF graduate catalog, the applicant must meet the minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission.

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

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of official GRE Verbal score of at least 151 and Quantitative score of at least 152
• Earned B.S. in Biology or a related field from an accredited college or university
• Submission of a letter of intent describing reasons for applying to the program and associated career goals 
• Submission of three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's academic ability 
• Students in the thesis track must earn a grade of "B-" or better in all courses in the program
• Applying for the thesis track? See additional requirements in the UWF Graduate Catalog 


Department Contact

Chris Pomory
Chair, Department of Biology 

Phone: (850) 857-6028

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Application Deadlines

Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.