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DEPARTMENTAL OVERVIEW
The purpose of the Master of Science degree program in the Department of Biology is to prepare graduates for high-level careers in various areas of biology. The department offers the M.S. degree with the option of selecting from a variety of thesis research topics based on individual research interests of the faculty.

Biology at Tennessee Tech
You can earn a master’s degree in biology at Tennessee Tech, as well as a doctoral degree in environmental science with a concentration in biology.
Whatever program you choose, the biology department and its robust research programs will prepare you to take the lead professionally. Our graduates have gone on to work for a variety of federal and state agencies. TTU alumni have joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Tennessee Valley Authority, National Park Services, various wildlife and fisheries agencies, park services, departments of health and the environment, and regulatory agencies. With a graduate degree in biology from TTU, you could be next.
The master’s program has a thesis requirement, and students will work closely with our faculty to make discoveries and to expand upon existing knowledge.

Research
Home of the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit and the university’s Center for the Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources, our program places a special emphasis on protecting and studying the unique ecology of the state.
Tennessee is home to one of the most diverse freshwater fish and mussel communities in the world, including several endangered
species.
With such an overwhelming diversity of aquatic fauna and resources, there is no lack of interesting research topics into which you can dive.

Faculty
The biology department has nearly 20 faculty members, whose interests range broadly across the field. We also have several research associates who are supported by outside contracts and grants but function equally to support our students.

Graduate Assistantships
Teaching Assistants — A limited number of teaching assistantships may be available that include paid tuition and fees along with a monthly stipend in return for work teaching undergraduates. The responsibilities of teaching assistants include (but are not limited to) assisting faculty with grading, teaching labs and providing help sessions for students.

Research Assistants — A limited number of research assistantships may be available contingent on funding ability. Students with research assistantships are expected to conduct research as directed by the grant and supervising faculty.

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