Master of Zoology (non-thesis)

Ph.D. | M.S. | Master’s (non-thesis)


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Successful applicants usually have a Bachelor’s degree in a  biological science with at least an overall B average and a minimum number of courses in biology and supporting fields (6 in biology, 4 in chemistry, 2 in physics, and 2 in mathematics).  In addition to the applicant’s grades and coursework, we consider relevant experience (e.g. through internships, volunteer, or paid work), statement of interest, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Zoology degree does not require a thesis and is considered a “terminal” degree that does not provide research training leading to a Doctoral degree.  Master of Zoology students typically do not continue on to doctoral degree programs, although some continue their studies in professional programs.

Course Requirements

A Plan of Work must be approved by the student’s adviser and submitted by the end of the student’s second semester.  It can be altered only with approval of the adviser and completion of the necessary paperwork.  Minors are not available for this degree. The Plan of Work must include at least 36 credit hours and must meet the following requirements:

  • 20 of the 36 hours must be regular 500-800 level courses
  • No more than 6 hours in special problems (ZO 631) can count toward the 36 hours
  • No less than 4 hours in special problems (ZO 631) will be included in the 36 hours
  • Research hours (ZO 695) cannot substitute for ZO 631