Courses

Course List

  • Appropriate 400-level courses (as approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator)
  • BIO 535 - Aquatic Microbial Ecology Credits: 3
  • BIO 580 - Special Topics in Biology Credits: 1 to 4
  • BIO 651 - Emerging Issues in Water Resources Credits: 2
  • BIO 610 - Scientific Methodology Credits: 3
  • BIO 696 - Perspectives in Biology Credits: 3
  • BIO 680 - Special Topics in Biology Credits: 1 to 3
  • BIO 696 - Thesis Research Credits Credits: 3 to 9
  • BIO 691 - Graduate Internship Credits: 3 to 9
  • BIO 693 - Graduate Project Credits: 3 to 9
  • BIO 699 - Independent Study Credits: 1 to 3

 

Suggested 4-Semester Curriculum Plan

 

First Year
Fall Winter

Bio 610 (3 cr)

Courses (6-9 cr)

Courses (9-12 cr)

Qualifying Exam

 

Second Year
Fall Winter

Course (3 cr)

Choose one

  • Full-time internship
  • Thesis (3-6 cr)
  • Project (3-6 cr)

BIO 655

Courses (6 cr)

Complete POFE (written or oral)

 

Emphasis

 

Aquatic Sciences Emphasis

The Master of Science in Biology also includes an optional Aquatic Sciences emphasis.  

Candidates choosing this optional emphasis must meet the same degree requirements as other MS students, but will focus their course work, thesis, project, or internship activities in an area related to the physiochemical properties, biology, or ecology of aquatic ecosystems.  

Students in this emphasis will:

  • Develop interdisciplinary studies involving CLAS faculty as well as other collaborating agencies in the Great Lakes basin
  • Have opportunities to conduct research and take classes and may work directly with faculty of the Annis Water Resources Institute located in Muskegon (this opportunity is available to other students as well), as well as at the Allendale Campus of Grand Valley State University

 

Natural Resources Emphasis

Students choosing this optional emphasis have the same admissions criteria and degree requirements as other M.S. students, but will focus their course work, thesis, project, or internship activities in an area related to the management, conservation, or protection of atmospheric, aquatic, or terrestrial resources.

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