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 Graduate College

Biology (MS)

Department of Biology
144 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421

Head: Dr. David Saunders, Professor
Phone: (319) 273-2456

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. David Saunders
Phone: (319) 273-2456

Read the UNI Catalog description:

This major is available for students seeking an extensive research experience. Students interested in enrolling in the program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Biology for any other application requirements. Applications should include three recommendations and transcripts of undergraduate and graduate credits. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made. 

This major is available on the thesis option only. A minimum of 32 semester hours is required, including a minimum of 21 hours of normal course work and a maximum of 9 hours of thesis research. A minimum of 18 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Students are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination in defense of their final thesis.

This program is flexible and designed to allow students, working with their advisory committee, to tailor a program to fit student interests and aspirations in biology.

200/6000-level Biology courses:6
Take one course in at least two of the content areas (prerequisites vary) **
BIOL 6202 (840:202)
Graduate Colloquium (1 hr. each semester for four semesters)
BIOL 6292 (840:292)
Research Methods in Biology (1 hr.)
BIOL 6299 (840:299)
Electives: *12
Total Hours32

100g/5000-level or above, excluding BIOL 6299 (840:299) Research.


Content Areas:

I. BIOL 6240 (840:240) Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology
II. BIOL 6250 (840:250) Advanced Physiology and Development
III. BIOL 6260 (840:260) Advanced Ecology
IV. BIOL 6270 (840:270) Advanced Systematics and Evolutionary Biology