Master of Science Degree in Science

Professor Theodora J. Robinson, Ph.D.,
Spencer G-12

Assistant Professor Laventrice D. Taylor,
Graduate Coordinator
Spencer G-52

The Master of Science degree program in Science offers interdisciplinary training in the major areas of biology, chemistry, physics, and general science, with provisions for greater in-depth preparation in one of these disciplines. The program offers both classroom and laboratory experience and is specifically designed to develop and extend the skill and competency of teachers of science in the secondary school.

Admission to Program
For unconditional admission, applicants must have earned a minimum undergraduate academic average of 3.0 in their major area of study and not less than 3.0 average overall, and the equivalent of an undergraduate major in biology, chemistry, physics, or comprehensive science. The pattern of courses must include at least eight credit hours in biology, eight in chemistry, six in mathematics (including college algebra and trigonometry) and eight in physics. Applicants who have completed courses which are substantially equivalent to the minimum stated above may qualify for admission, based upon the above pattern of courses. For conditional admission, applicants must have earned a minimum undergraduate academic average of 2.5 in their major area of study, and not less than a 2.5 average overall. Undergraduate course requirements remain same as above.

General Requirements for DegreeAll candidates for the degree must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours, and elect a major area of study in biology, chemistry, physics or general science. All candidates must pass a written departmental comprehensive examination.

Program of Study
The program requires the completion of a minimum of 33 credit hours as listed below. Each student will elect a major in one of the following areas of specialty: biology, chemistry, physics, or general science.

    • Required of all students (15 credits)
      MATH.509 Mathematical Methods of Analysis in Science
      EASC.521 Earth and Planetary Science
      SCIE.553 Science in the Secondary School Curriculum
      ... 788-789 Supervised Research in the Area of Specialty
    • In addition to courses required in paragraph 1, the student is also required to complete a major area of specialty as follows: a. - Biology major will elect 12 credit hours in biology and 6 credit hours in chemistry or physics. b. - Chemistry major will elect 12 credit hours in chemistry and 6 credit hours in physics. c. - Physics major will elect 12 credit hours in physics and 6 credit hours in chemistry. d. - General Science major will elect 6 credit hours in biology, chemistry, and physics respectively. Choice of courses will be dependent on student's interest and faculty counseling. N.B. - Science courses (SCIE.503, 504, 506 and 510) may not be used to satisfy degree requirements.