UT Tyler

Graduate Admissions

Biology MS Degree

Contact

Department
The University of Texas at Tyler
Department of Biology
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Phone 903.566.7402

Degree Information
Katrin Kellner
Email: biology@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.566.7402

Graduate Admission Information

The Office of Graduate Admissions STE 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

ogs@uttyler.edu

Program Information

Degree: MS

Hours: 30

College: Arts and Sciences

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Total Program Tuition Cost: $12,972 Estimated tuition for full-time, in-state on-campus enrollment. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.

Scholarships/Financial Support:Yes

Faculty Research Interests

Requires approval by departmental Graduate Affairs Committee and the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Test Score Required: A satisfactory score on TOEFL or an equivalent test for applicants whose native language is not English. A satisfactory score on the General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students who do not have satisfactory scores on the GRE may be admitted under the condition that they obtain a grade of "B" or higher on a prescribed set of undergraduate and/or graduate courses that are approved by the department.

GPA: Bachelor's degree in science with a major in biology or a closely related field from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent. A satisfactory grade point average on all prior advanced (junior, senior and graduate) work taken.

Letters of Recommendation: No

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Yes

Admissions Essay: Yes - a statement of research interests

Consideration may also be given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Deadlines: April 1st. Fall admission only. Admission decisions will be made by April 15th.

Career Outlook: New advancements in the biotechnology field and a growing interest in ecology have sparked a highly favorable outlook for careers in biology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates overall growth of 19 percent in biochemistry and biophysics positions through 2022. The federal government is a primary funder of basic biological research. Pharmaceutical companies represent another growing area for employment. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Biochemists and Biophysicists.

Salary Information: See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is O*Net.

UT Tyler Biology Graduate Student Research:

  • STOCHASTIC LIFE-HISTORY VARIATION IN POPULATIONS OF WESTERN RIBBON SNAKES (THAMNOPHIS PROXIMUS) IN EAST TEXAS

  • EFFECTS OF THE HERBICIDE ATRAZINE ON THE BEHAVIOR OF THE CHECKERED GARTERSNAKE (THAMNOPHIS MARCIANUS)

  • INFLUENCE OF AGRICULTURAL STREAM HABITAT ALTERATIONS ON MOSQUITOES AND AMPHIBIANS: PATTERNS, PROCESSES, AND PREDICTIONS

  • POPULATION GENETICS OF THE POTATO PSYLLID, BACTERICERA COCKERELLI

  • USING ECOLOGICAL NICHE MODELING TO PREDICT OCCURRENCE OF RARE FISH AND UNIONID MUSSELS IN EAST TEXAS

  • INFLUENCE OF SUBSTRATE AND HYDRAULIC VARIABLES ON HABITAT PREFERENCES OF A SCULPTURED AND AN UNSCULPTURED FRESHWATER MUSSEL

  • MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND PHYLOGEOGRAPHY OF THE AMERICAN BOX TURTLES (TERRAPENE SPP.)

Meet a University of Texas at Tyler graduate student.

Propel Your Passion and Career in Life Sciences

With a master of science in biology from The University of Texas at Tyler, you are well-prepared to begin or advance your career in life sciences, enter a doctoral program, work as a research scientist in industry or government, or teach biology.

  • Actively engage in field and laboratory research, which is the primary focus of the graduate program in biology.
  • Learn and explore in the program’s outstanding facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, including, molecular biology laboratories, environmental chambers, animal rooms, herbarium/museum and GIS and landscape ecology laboratories. The department also hosts the Ophidian Research Colony that houses several species of snakes used for laboratory studies.

Graduates of the UT Tyler biology master’s program are employed in private industry, local, state and federal governments and environmental consulting.

Learn more from the Department of Biology.

Master’s in Biology: Research-Driven. Student-Centered.

  • Develop your research emphasis in any of these areas of study: evolution, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, ecology, behavior, systematic and biogeography.
  • Study a diversity of organisms: insects, snakes, turtles, tortoises, mussels, plants, fungi, bacteria, viruses.
  • Benefit from one-on-one faculty attention and assistance with your research from your professors as you learn in small classes averaging less than 10 students.
  • Conduct research in aquatic and terrestrial field sites located throughout the beautiful park-like setting of the UT Tyler campus as well as several field sites within driving distance.
  • Choose to become a teaching assistant to gain valuable hands-on experience leading laboratory exercises for undergraduates.
  • Join the Biology Club, which offers networking opportunities and social activities among UT Tyler biology graduate students.

Biology Faculty: Dedicated Educators. Visionary Researchers.

  • Learn from faculty who are renowned experts in their respective fields. Faculty research and scholarship are wide-ranging, including such diverse areas as evolution of social behavior, plant-insect interactions, fire ant control, conservation of freshwater mussels and box turtles, phylogeny of various organisms and genomics of insect-bacterial symbiosis.
  • Study with award-winning professors recognized for their excellence in teaching and scientific achievement.
  • Experience a highly supportive educational environment for graduate students that nurtures individual student development as scientists, scholars and researchers.

More about UT Tyler’s biology faculty.

Biology Courses: In-Depth. Method-Based.

Biogeography – Study the flora and fauna of the world and factors affecting their distribution.

Phylogenetic Systematics – Receive an introduction to the methods and underlying theory of phylogenetic analysis. The course will review the historical development of phylogenetic systematics, focus on the methods in determining evolutionary relationships and discuss applications of phylogenetic information.

Landscape Ecology – Study large-scale ecological patterns and processes. This course will emphasize how spatial complexity emerges and is maintained in ecological systems, the analysis of spatial pattern, scaling issues, the ecological consequences of spatial pattern and applications for conservation and ecosystem management.

More about the graduate biology program of study.

Find Out More:

Department of Biology
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Tx 75799

Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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