Department of Biology

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Master’s Programs

The Department of Biology offers several degree options for students wishing to pursue graduate study at the master’s level. Thesis-based degrees are usually chosen as preparation for professional careers or advanced graduate work (Ph.D., D.V.M., or M.D.) and by students seeking advanced training for technology-related industries. Non-thesis degrees may be chosen by students preferring broad training in biology without a formal research experience; this plan is often chosen by secondary science teachers wishing to broaden their content training without taking additional education courses.

Thesis Students

Students pursuing a master’s degree with thesis should have a thesis committee approved by the end of their first long term of enrollment in the graduate program. The thesis committee comprises three or more individuals and is chaired by the thesis advisor. Committee members should be selected by the student in consultation with the thesis advisor and should be chosen on the basis of what they can contribute to the student’s research and/or graduate studies. Committee members expect to be consulted about the research project and should contribute guidance and expertise to the project. A “Master’s Thesis Committee form” can be downloaded from the The Graduate College website and must be approved by the chair of the department’s graduate committee and the department chair prior to the submission of a thesis proposal.

Students working on a thesis are expected to enroll in a thesis course (BIO 5399A or BIO 5399B) each term that they are actively involved in research. Students should enroll in BIO 5399A for their first term of thesis research and in BIO 5399B for all subsequent terms. While enrolled in BIO 5399A the student should prepare a detailed thesis proposal that introduces the project to be investigated, summarizes the relevant background literature, and explains the methodology to be used in carrying out the research. A “Master’s Thesis Proposal form" can be downloaded from The Graduate College website. Submission of an approved thesis proposal to The Graduate College must be completed before the end of the student’s second term of enrollment in BIO 5399B. Students pursuing a thesis-based degree must be enrolled in at least one hour of thesis credit during the term in which they graduate.

All students completing a thesis are required to present the results of their research in an open seminar attended by the thesis committee members and other interested individuals. Following the public presentation of the thesis, the student must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the thesis committee.

Non-thesis Students

Students pursuing a non-thesis degree are required to have a major professor by the end of their first long term of enrollment in the graduate program. The major professor will normally be a faculty member specializing in an area of particular interest to the student and is often the individual who supervises the required independent study project. Prior to the final term of enrollment the non-thesis student must, in consultation with the major professor, select a committee that will administer the final comprehensive examination. A “Master’s Non-Thesis Committee form” can be downloaded from the Department of Biology's website and must be approved by the chair of the department’s graduate committee and the department chair.

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates for master’s degrees in the Department of Biology must pass a comprehensive final examination administered by the student’s committee. The examination may be oral or written and must cover, at a minimum, the student’s field of concentration and the thesis, if one was written. The results of this exam should be reported on the “Master's Comprehensive Examination Report form", which can be downloaded from the department’s website and which must be filed with The Graduate College at least 10 days prior to the date of expected graduation.

Financial Assistance

Assistantships and scholarships are available to qualified applicants on a competitive basis. In order to be considered for assistantships or scholarships, applicants must have their application completed for review before the priority application deadline. The Department of Biology offers a limited number of graduate instructional assistantships to full-time students enrolled in the master’s program. These assistantships are renewable based upon an annual review of each student’s progress and performance. Faculty members may also have funds available to support students as research assistants. Support is normally limited to two years.

The Graduate College can provide information concerning the availability of graduate scholarships.

Doctoral Faculty

Bonner, Timothy H, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Castro-Arellano, Ivan, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Daniel, Kristy Lynn, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Missouri-Columbia

Dharmasiri, Nihal, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Hawaii at Manoa

Dutton, Jessica, Assistant Professor, Biology

Forstner, Michael R, Regents' Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Gabor, Caitlin, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette

Garcia, Dana M, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of California, Berkeley

Green, Michael Clay, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette

Groeger, Alan W, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Hahn, Dittmar, Chair - Regents' Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Wageningen Univ and Research Centrer

Hardy, Thomas, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Utah State University

Huston, Michael, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Kang, Hong Gu, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of California-Los Angeles

Lemke, David E, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Lopes, Vicente, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Arizona

Martin, Noland H, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Duke University

McLean, Robert J C, Regents' Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Calgary

Nice, Chris, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of California-Davis

Nowlin, Weston Hugh, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Victoria

Ott, James R, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Maryland College Park

Rodriguez, David, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Schwalb, Astrid Nadine, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Guelph

Schwartz, Benjamin F, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Virginia Poly Inst & State Univ

Schwinning, Susan, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Arizona

Simpson, Thomas R, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Upchurch, Garland R, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Veech, Joseph A, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno

Weckerly, Floyd, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., The University of Memphis

Weigum, Shannon E, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Westerlund, Julie F, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Williamson, Paula S, University Distinguished Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of California-Santa Barbara


Graduate Faculty

Banta, Marilyn R, Senior Lecturer, Biology, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno

Bonner, Timothy H, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Castro-Arellano, Ivan, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Daniel, Kristy Lynn, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Missouri-Columbia

Dharmasiri, Nihal, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Hawaii at Manoa

Dutton, Jessica, Assistant Professor, Biology

Forstner, Michael R, Regents' Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Gabor, Caitlin, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette

Garcia, Dana M, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of California, Berkeley

Green, Michael Clay, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette

Groeger, Alan W, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Hahn, Dittmar, Chair - Regents' Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Wageningen Univ and Research Centrer

Hardy, Thomas, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Utah State University

Huffman, David G, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

Huston, Michael, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Kakirde, Kavita S, Senior Lecturer, Biology, Ph.D., Auburn University

Kang, Hong Gu, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of California-Los Angeles

Kumar, Manish, Senior Lecturer, Biology, Ph.D., Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh Univ

Lemke, David E, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Lopes, Vicente, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Arizona

Martin, Noland H, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Duke University

McLean, Robert J C, Regents' Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Calgary

Moody, Sandra West, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Nice, Chris, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of California-Davis

Nowlin, Weston Hugh, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Victoria

Ott, James R, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Maryland College Park

Rodriguez, David, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Schwalb, Astrid Nadine, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Guelph

Schwartz, Benjamin F, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Virginia Poly Inst & State Univ

Schwinning, Susan, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Arizona

Simpson, Thomas R, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Upchurch, Garland R, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Veech, Joseph A, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno

Walter, Scott Thomas, Lecturer, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette

Weckerly, Floyd, Professor, Biology, Ph.D., The University of Memphis

Weigum, Shannon E, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Westerlund, Julie F, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Williamson, Paula S, University Distinguished Professor, Biology, Ph.D., Univ of California-Santa Barbara