What will I learn?

Program Description

The Lamar University Master of Science in Biology program is designed to enhance your professional competence in biology or closely related disciplines. This program can help you pursue an academic career, employment in private industry or governmental agencies in biology-oriented fields or entrance to professional schools. You may complete this degree via a thesis or non-thesis option.

Why Study Biology?

The accelerated, non-thesis Master of Science in Biology at Lamar University is designed to benefit you in the job market, graduate school or professional school. You will graduate from this program prepared for employment in health professions, technology-based industries, education and government positions.

The process and the end result of writing a thesis for your Master of Science in Biology at Lamar University will launch you into postgraduate work beyond the master's level. You will be qualified for a research position by private industry or governmental agency. You will choose a supervising professor and thesis committee with expertise in your chosen discipline as you prepare to write and defend your research.

Courses You May Take

Conservation Biology: This course introduces general concepts of conservation biology with an emphasis on basic and applied research in such fields as ecology, behavior, population genetics, and systematics, as they relate to the preservation of biodiversity at all levels.

Systemic and Evolutionary Biology: This is a survey of evolutionary mechanisms from molecular to population levels. It includes speciation, adaptation and historical geology.

Molecular Biology: This course is based on concepts and application of procedures for isolation and identification of components found in cells. It addresses structure and function of Proteins and nucleic acids as well as the roles of these molecules in important biochemical processes.

Embryology and Development: Your studies in this course will focus primarily on the embryonic development of vertebrate organisms, although development patterns of some of the invertebrate and even non-animal groups will be visited as well. Pathways and mechanisms of development will be explored at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organismal levels from pre-fertilization through the complete development of the embryo. The interaction of evolution and development will also be considered.

Career Paths

This program will help you continue into post-graduate or doctoral studies in biology. It an also give you advanced exposure to biology, additional training to resume or change careers, or additional preparation in biology to pursue professional studies in the health sciences.

Primary Careers

Post-Secondary Teacher, Forensic Scientist, Pre-med, Diagnostician

Career Areas

  • Forensics
  • Zoology
  • Veterinary Science
  • Medical Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Botanical Science

Types of Employers

  • Colleges and universities
  • Medical science institutions
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Government, all levels
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Policymaking organizations

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Thesis option (32 hours) and Non-thesis option (38 hours))

Tuition fees
US$20,632.00 per year
USD $10,316 for 12 hours
Application deadline

Expected December 2019

Start date

Expected January 2020


College of Arts and Sciences

Parker Building, Room 203,



77710, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Have a BS or BA degree in biology from an accredited institution or complete a minimum of 24 semester hours in the biological sciences including eight hours of general biology (BIOL 1406 & 1407 or the equivalent) and a course in genetics. Excluded from the 24 hours is Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 2401 & 2402).

Completed a minimum of one semester of Organic Chemistry and one semester of statistics.

The minimum composite score for entrance into the Non-Thesis program is 431 = (GPA * 50) + verbal GRE + quantitative GRE. The minimum composite score for entrance into the Thesis program is 445 = (GPA * 50) + verbal GRE + quantitative GRE. The GPA used in the calculation is based on a 4.0 grade scale.

Applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency through scores on the TOEFL or IELTS. This testing requirement is waived only for applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years of study at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country. Scores are valid for two years, and must be received directly from the testing agency.

  • TOEFL Internet Based Total: 79
  • TOEFL Computer Based Total: 213
  • TOEFL Paper Based Total: 550
  • IELTS Total: 6.5

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