Biology MS Degree
The University of Texas at Tyler
Department of Biology
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Blake Bextine, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
College: Arts and Sciences
Test Score Required: Successful applicants should have a combined (verbal and quantitative) GRE of ~295 or better and a writing score of at least 4. The 295 score is not a minimum, but students with a score of 295 or better will be more competitive for a TA position and will most likely be more successful in the program. The combined score may be lower than 295 if the applicant has a high undergrad GPA, research experience, outstanding letters of rec, etc.
GPA: Bachelor's degree in science with a major in biology or a closely related field from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.
Letters of Recommendation: 3; along with recommendations by the faculty and approval by departmental chair
Resume/Curriculum Vitae: No
Admissions Essay: No
Additional department forms and procedures: Yes; The Biology MS graduate application process requires that you make contact with a faculty member who can advise your research project. Your first step will be to visit the department’s research webpage to see if any faculty members are doing research in your area of interest. The next step is to contact the faculty member to see if they are taking students. That faculty member will bring your application to the whole department for a decision about your application.
Deadlines: University deadlines apply.
Career Outlook: New advancements in the biotechnology field and a growing interest in ecology have sparked a highly favorable outlook for careers in biology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates overall growth of 19 percent in biochemistry and biophysics positions through 2022. The federal government is a primary funder of basic biological research. Pharmaceutical companies represent another growing area for employment. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Biochemists and Biophysicists.
UT Tyler Biology Graduate Student Research:
STOCHASTIC LIFE-HISTORY VARIATION IN POPULATIONS OF WESTERN RIBBON SNAKES (THAMNOPHIS PROXIMUS) IN EAST TEXAS
EFFECTS OF THE HERBICIDE ATRAZINE ON THE BEHAVIOR OF THE CHECKERED GARTERSNAKE (THAMNOPHIS MARCIANUS)
INFLUENCE OF AGRICULTURAL STREAM HABITAT ALTERATIONS ON MOSQUITOES AND AMPHIBIANS: PATTERNS, PROCESSES, AND PREDICTIONS
POPULATION GENETICS OF THE POTATO PSYLLID, BACTERICERA COCKERELLI
USING ECOLOGICAL NICHE MODELING TO PREDICT OCCURRENCE OF RARE FISH AND UNIONID MUSSELS IN EAST TEXAS
INFLUENCE OF SUBSTRATE AND HYDRAULIC VARIABLES ON HABITAT PREFERENCES OF A SCULPTURED AND AN UNSCULPTURED FRESHWATER MUSSEL
MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND PHYLOGEOGRAPHY OF THE AMERICAN BOX TURTLES (TERRAPENE SPP.)
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Propel Your Passion and Career in Life Sciences
With a master of science in biology from The University of Texas at Tyler, you are well-prepared to begin or advance your career in life sciences, enter a doctoral program, work as a research scientist in industry or government, or teach biology.
- Actively engage in field and laboratory research, which is the primary focus of the graduate program in biology.
- Learn and explore in the program’s outstanding facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, including, molecular biology laboratories, environmental chambers, animal rooms, herbarium/museum and GIS and landscape ecology laboratories. The department also hosts the Ophidian Research Colony that houses several species of snakes used for laboratory studies.
Graduates of the UT Tyler biology master’s program are employed in private industry, local, state and federal governments and environmental consulting.
Learn more from the Department of Biology
Master’s in Biology: Research-Driven. Student-Centered.
- Develop your research emphasis in any of these areas of study: evolution, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, ecology, behavior, systematic and biogeography.
- Study a diversity of organisms: insects, snakes, turtles, tortoises, mussels, plants, fungi, bacteria, viruses.
- Benefit from one-on-one faculty attention and assistance with your research from your professors as you learn in small classes averaging less than 10 students.
- Conduct research in aquatic and terrestrial field sites located throughout the beautiful park-like setting of the UT Tyler campus as well as several field sites within driving distance.
- Choose to become a teaching assistant to gain valuable hands-on experience leading laboratory exercises for undergraduates.
- Join the Biology Club, which offers networking opportunities and social activities among UT Tyler biology graduate students.
Biology Faculty: Dedicated Educators. Visionary Researchers.
- Learn from faculty who are renowned experts in their respective fields. Faculty research and scholarship are wide-ranging, including such diverse areas as evolution of social behavior, plant-insect interactions, fire ant control, conservation of freshwater mussels and box turtles, phylogeny of various organisms and genomics of insect-bacterial symbiosis.
- Study with award-winning professors recognized for their excellence in teaching and scientific achievement.
- Experience a highly supportive educational environment for graduate students that nurtures individual student development as scientists, scholars and researchers.
More about UT Tyler’s biology faculty
Biology Courses: In-Depth. Method-Based.
Biogeography – Study the flora and fauna of the world and factors affecting their distribution.
Phylogenetic Systematics – Receive an introduction to the methods and underlying theory of phylogenetic analysis. The course will review the historical development of phylogenetic systematics, focus on the methods in determining evolutionary relationships and discuss applications of phylogenetic information.
Landscape Ecology – Study large-scale ecological patterns and processes. This course will emphasize how spatial complexity emerges and is maintained in ecological systems, the analysis of spatial pattern, scaling issues, the ecological consequences of spatial pattern and applications for conservation and ecosystem management.
More about the graduate biology program of study
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Department of Biology
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Tx 75799
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.