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1. Advising Committee: Each student will choose an advisor based on his or her interests. After the student completes six credits with a GPA of 3.0 or greater, the student will establish a committee immediately, in consultation with the program coordinator and graduate committee. The program coordinator will appoint a chair of the committee.
2. Required Courses: All students must take BIO 500 Graduate Seminar. Additional course requirements will be determined by the student's committee, in consultation with the student.
3. Thesis or Non-Thesis Option: Students will choose one of the following:
  Thesis: A minimum of 24 semester hours, plus a thesis. All courses must be approved by the student's committee. The thesis must be approved by the student's committee, the Program Coordinator, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Thesis students will be required to present their research in a department seminar.
  Non-Thesis: A minimum of 30 semester hours in a planned program of courses. All courses must be approved by the student's committee.
4. Final Examination:
  Thesis students must pass an oral thesis defense.
  Non-thesis students must pass a comprehensive oral examination.
The committee chair will be responsible for assuring that the committee convenes to agree on kinds of questions to be asked and reading assignments to be given.
The chair of the committee will meet with the student at least one month before the exam, to explain the nature of the exam and expectations, and to make sure the student has received the papers to read. All committee members will have copies of each other’s questions before the exam.
During the exam, each question will be graded as Honors/Pass/Fail by all committee members. A member may abstain from grading a question if he or she feels unable to properly evaluate the student’s answer. Any question graded Fail by one or more committee members requires a written explanation of the reason, to be submitted to the graduate coordinator.
The committee will evaluate the student’s performance as a whole, and vote to either pass or not pass the student. If the student does not pass, a strategy for how to proceed will be determined by the committee in consultation with the program coordinator. The committee chair will then advise the student.
5. Grade Point Average: A student's cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 at the time of the final examination.

Undergraduate Courses: A maximum of 6 semester hours of 400-level courses may be applied to the degree.

The planning sheet for the Master's degree program may be found at the Forms webpage .


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