The Master of Science in Biology is designed for graduate
students who wish to become knowledgeable leaders and professionals. The program
promotes competency in applying scientific methods of investigation to research
in biology. An in-depth education and specialized skills help students develop a
sense of creative independence that will allow them to practice in and
contribute to a variety of professions and fields of scholarship.
The Master of Science in Biology requires a minimum of thirty-six (36)
Semester Credit Hours (SCH). Course requirements differ slightly depending on
whether the student chooses the Thesis Plan or Non-Thesis
- Thesis Plan — A thesis is an extensive analysis and
presentation of the student's original research; students who plan to continue
in academics or research are encouraged to follow this plan.
- Non-Thesis Plan — The original research in this plan is
presented in a professional paper (which is less extensive than a thesis); this
plan is especially suitable for students who are professionally employed and
seek advancement or more extensive training for their job.
To complete the thirty-six-hour course requirement, a graduate
student (in consultation with his or her Graduate Advisory Committee) then
selects elective courses from the Life Sciences
Graduate students following either the Thesis Plan or the Non-Thesis Plan are
expected to conduct original Research. Topics
for graduate research range from molecules to ecosystems, and use an array of
modern tools from molecular techniques to global geographic information systems.
Faculty and students in the Biology Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus
Christi have research interests…
- On the Land…
A variety of ecosystems (Texas
"brush country," coastal prairies, grasslands, desert, mixed deciduous forests,
various types of wetlands and fresh-water environments) lie within a few hours'
drive of Corpus Christi. This ecological complexity supports diverse organisms
which have evolved unique structural and functional adaptations. Faculty and
students conduct research in a variety of areas ranging from ecology to
organismal biology to structure and function.
- In the Sea…
The location of "The Island
University" is especially conducive to research that deals with coastal,
estuarine and marine issues. The Coastal Bend of Texas boasts Padre Island (the
longest island in the world—for its width), the hyper-saline Laguna Madre, and
both pristine and urbanized coastal environments. More distant marine research
sites include the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the
Texas/Louisiana coast, and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo,
- In the Air…
The Coastal Bend of Texas is also a
prime birding site. Both migratory and resident bird populations provide
material for research. For those who want to reach an even "higher" research
experience, there are space-related studies funded by the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA).
- In the Laboratory…
For most studies, some of
the research is conducted in the modern, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities
on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Also, the city of
Corpus Christi is a major health-care center for South Texas, and collaboration
with local hospitals, laboratories, and clinics provides another avenue of
research for faculty and students.
If this general description of the Master of Science in Biology
seems interesting, you probably are wondering…
Kirk Cammarata, Ph.D.
ST-319B, Unit 5800
Texas A&M University-Corpus
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5800
Telephone: (361) 825-2468
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