The Department of Biology offers programs leading to a Master of Science degree. Thesis research is a major component of the MS program. Students who are not interested in research should investigate other programs with a non-thesis option or simply register for courses as a non-degree seeking graduate student. Areas of specialization include molecular and cellular biology, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, evolutionary biology, physiology, and developmental biology. In addition to the courses offered by the Department of Biology, graduate students may request departmental permission to enroll in graduate courses offered by the Environmental Studies Program and courses offered at the VCU Medical Center in the departments of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Biostatistics, Human Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology.
M.S. in Biology Program Requirements
The VCU Bulletin is the official source of information for program requirements in all degree and certificate programs. The current M.S. in Biology bulletin can be found at http://bulletin.vcu.edu/graduate/college-humanities-sciences/biology/biology-ms/#degreerequirementstext. A student's effective bulletin is the the most current bulletin at the time they began their degree program, unless specifically told otherwise by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Graduate Forms A-D
Below are forms pertaining to the M.S. program in biology. These forms are available in the offices of the Department of Biology and the director of the graduate program. When completed, all forms must be submitted to the director of the graduate program.
- Form A - Request for Committee [PDF] is required for estaplishment of the graduate committee.
- Form B - Plan of Study [PDF] enables the student to plan course work and research credit.
- Form C - Thesis Proposal [PDF] indicates thesis committee approval of the thesis research project and must be accompanied with a copy of the thesis proposal.
- Form D - Independent Study [PDF] is for independent study projects not directly related to thesis research.