SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Department of Biological Sciences

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY

††††† The graduate degree offered in the Department of Biological Sciences is intended to continue, enrich, and enhance education in the biological sciences. The Department of Biological Sciences offers the Master of Science degree with thesis and non-thesis tracks.

††††††† Students should have an undergraduate major in biology in order to gain full admission to the program. Those lacking the desired background will be required to complete appropriate leveling work. The departmental graduate advisor, in consultation with the department graduate faculty, will review the student's transcript and determine the nature and amount of leveling work. The departmental graduate advisor will assist students in establishing their advisory committee. The committee chair should be chosen by the end of the first semester of graduate work and will assume advising duties for the remainder of the program. The advisory committee should consist of a minimum of three members: at least two from the department graduate faculty and at least one from the graduate faculty of a department in which the student takes supporting work.

††††††† The MS in Biology requires 36 hours of approved course work. Biology 5983 (Research Design and Analysis) and Biology 5093 (Cellular Biology) are required of all students.

††††††† Generally, students complete a minimum of 24 hours in biology in addition to supporting course work for a total of 36 hours. The student will consult with his/her advisory committee in determining courses to be taken.

††††††† Original research is required in the program if the thesis option is chosen. In this option, students are required to take 6 hours of Biology 5883 (Thesis). The student must prepare a thesis proposal, which describes the thesis research, for approval by the advisory committee and the College of Graduate Studies. The thesis, consisting of the written report of the research, must be the student's original work and must reflect his/her ability to express thoughts accurately and clearly. Both the thesis proposal and the thesis must be written according to guidelines and deadlines established by the College of Graduate Studies. A comprehensive examination on course work and the completion and successful defense of an acceptable thesis will conclude the program.

††††††† If the non-thesis option is chosen, a comprehensive written and oral examination on course work will conclude the program.

Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

††††††† The Master of Science in Environmental Science is designed along strong interdisciplinary lines to provide students with the training and basic knowledge to deal with a wide spectrum of environmental issues. However, emphasis is placed on water, both surface and groundwater, and natural resource management.

††††††† To gain admission to the Master of Science in Environmental Science program, students must meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and must hold an undergraduate degree in one of the sciences such as Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Hydrology, or other areas related to environmental science.

††††††† After gaining admission to the Graduate College, the student will be advised initially by the Director of the Master of Science Program in Environmental Science. Depending upon a studentís background and area of interest, the director will assist the student in selecting courses to take. By being familiar with the anticipated rotation of courses, the director will assist the student in planning his/her graduate program. Again, depending upon a studentís background and career goals, the director will assist the student in selecting a chairperson for the studentís advisory committee. The committee chair should be chosen by the end of the first semester of graduate work and will assume advising duties for the remainder of the program.† The studentís advisory committee will consist of at least three members who are eligible for graduate faculty status at Tarleton State University and who are representative of the studentís field of study and research. A co-chair may be selected from professionals from other recognized academic or research centers.† If a co-chair is appointed from outside of Tarleton State University, the studentís committee will consist of four members.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Foundation Requirements: In addition to a bachelor's degree as described above, students will need a certain minimum preparation or equivalent course work.† Depending on the emphasis area, this can include the following courses or equivalents:

††††††††† BIOL 2034; CHEM 2024 or 4743, GEOL 1054; MATH 1204

††††††††† The graduate advisor will review the student's transcript and determine the nature and amount of leveling work.† These requirements must be completed before a student is allowed to take more than twelve graduate semester credit hours toward the MS in Environmental Science.

††††††† Each student who applies for admission to the Environmental Science program must submit a statement of purpose that describes the following:

  1. the studentís interest in the area of environmental science and long-term professional goals;
  2. an explanation of how the studentís personal and research objectives correspond with those of the program.

A resume is not acceptable in lieu of this statement.

REQUIRED COURSES

A.††††† Thesis Option (36 hours)

††††††††† ENVS 5003, 5883; BIOL 5203; CHEM 5103; GEOL 5103; BIOL 5983

††††††††† Thesis, 6 hours

††††††††† Electives can be chosen from a variety of fields including Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Geology, and Hydrology. Elective courses must be approved by the studentís graduate committee, and at least twenty-four hours of the program must be at the 5000 level.† Students are limited to no more than 12 hours of undergraduate courses or problems courses. The graduate committee must approve the studentís program degree plan. A comprehensive examination on course work and the completion and successful defense of an acceptable thesis will conclude the program.

B.††††† Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

††††††††† ENVS 5003; BIOL 5203 and 5983; CHEM 5103; GEOL 5103

††††††††† Electives can be chosen from a variety of fields including Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Geology, and Hydrology. Elective courses must be approved by the studentís graduate committee, and at least twenty-four hours of the program must be at the 5000 level.† Students are limited to no more than 12 hours of undergraduate courses or problems courses. The graduate committee must approve the studentís program degree plan. A comprehensive written and oral examination on course work will conclude the program.

Special Requirements

††††††††† Students pursuing the thesis option will be expected to prepare a thesis based on original research. A thesis proposal will be prepared for approval by the studentís advisory committee and the College of Graduate Studies prior to the initiation of research. The thesis proposal and the thesis will be in conformance with the guidelines and deadlines established by the College of Graduate Studies. The thesis must demonstrate the capability of the student to perform original research and to present the results obtained from such research in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner. Students pursuing the non-thesis option will take six hours of additional course work instead of the thesis as approved by their committee.

Department of Mathematics, Physics & Engineering

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MATHEMATICS

PURPOSE

††††††† The MS in Mathematics is designed to enhance and enrich training in the field of mathematics for persons who teach at the secondary level or in community colleges, and for people who plan to work as applied mathematicians in industry or government agencies. The department offers the Master of Science degree with thesis and non-thesis tracks.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

††††† Students should have an undergraduate major in mathematics or related field. Those lacking the appropriate background will be required to complete leveling work. The departmental graduate advisor in consultation with the mathematics faculty will review the student's transcript and determine if leveling work is needed. The departmental graduate advisor will assist the student in selecting a graduate committee. The committee should consist of a minimum of three members, two of whom are from the graduate faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Physics. The third can be from the graduate faculty of a department in which the student takes support work.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

††††† The MS in Mathematics requires 36 hours of approved work in Mathematics and supporting areas. At least 24 hours will be 5000 level mathematics courses excluding a thesis. These courses will include Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, and Probability and Statistics. The remaining 12 hours will be selected from approved mathematics or supporting courses. A student may elect to do a master's thesis. The chair of the student's graduate committee will direct the master's thesis.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

††††† The department requires an oral comprehensive examination for the MS degree. The comprehensive examination will be administered by the student's graduate committee during the last semester of the program. The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies or a representative from the Graduate Office will be invited to participate in the oral examination. If the result of the oral comprehensive examination is less than satisfactory, additional course work in areas of weakness may be recommended before rescheduling the examination.