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The Biology Department’s Master of Science program emphasizes research and preparation for further graduate study as well as employment with public agencies and private businesses. A major strength of the program is the option to custom-tailor the overall curriculum to meet the needs and objectives of individual students. Students may pursue a general biology curriculum or may choose to focus their studies in one or more of the following specialization areas: botany, cell and molecular biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, or zoology. Students also have the opportunity to study in a state-of-the-art facility with the Fall 2014 opening of the innovative $147 million science building comprising more than 250,000 square feet for teaching, research, and collaborative learning. The Biology master’s requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit and six hours of research tools or foreign language. The degree also includes written oral comprehensive exams and a research thesis. Program completion typically requires two to three years.
Recent M.S. graduates have followed a variety of career paths, including pursuit of advanced research degrees (Ph.D.) and professional degrees (M.D. for medicine, D.D.S. for dentistry, M.T. for medical technology); employment with a variety of private, university, state, or federal laboratories and agencies; and teaching in high schools and junior colleges. Possible professional positions with this degree:

Biology teacher
Biotechnology operations manager
College laboratory coordinator
Community college faculty
Commercial farm operations manager
Ecological/environmental consultant
Environmental scientist
Food technologist/safety specialist
Information technologist
Laboratory scientist
Molecular biology analyst
Museum curator
Research assistant/associate
Senior biochemist
Senior chemist
Water quality specialist
Wildlife biologist
Zoological park curator

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Aegis Science Corp.
Barrett Firearms Mfg.
Boston Medical Center
California University of Pennsylvania
Central Medical Lab, Sulaimani, Iraq
City of Franklin Water Resources Dept.
Environmental Science Corp.
Genetic Assays
Grundy Greens Farm
Harpeth High School
ICON Clinical Research
Illinois Natural History Survey
Motlow State Community College
Nashville State Community College
Pope John Paul II High School
Premiere Orthopedics
Rockvale Middle School
Siegel High School
Site Engineering Consultants
Stones River National Battlefield
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Geological Survey
University of Connecticut Health Center
Vanderbilt University

Doctoral/professional programs where graduates have been accepted include:

Arizona State University
Indiana State University
James Cook University, Australia
Middle Tennessee State University
Northern Illinois University
Oklahoma State University
Sao Paulo State University, Brazil
University of Alabama-Birmingham
University of Kentucky Medical School
University of Louisville
University of Memphis
University of Mississippi
University of Tennessee
Uppsala University, Sweden
Utah State University
UT-Memphis Medical School
Vanderbilt University





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