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Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate

Grapes to Grad School

Henry Schreiber

“My father, Dr. Henry Schriber III, retired from teaching psychology at UT Tyler last year. When I was looking for a summer job after graduating from Tulane in 2008, he recommended I talk to Dr. Blake Bextine at UT Tyler who then hired me to work with him on research into how Pierce’s Disease affects wine and table grapes. A lot of farms around Tyler have vineyards and crop losses have been substantial from this disease.

“Together, Dr. Bextine and I designed the research project and over the summer discovered that it was spread by an insect. Ultimately, we isolated a bacterial gene that is responsible for the destruction. The work was so rewarding that I decided to stay on at UT Tyler, work on my master’s in biology and continue our research work. I even turned down a lab tech job working on lung cancer to keep the work going.

“Now that I’ve completed my master’s degree, I have been admitted to the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis to begin my PhD program in microbiology.

“Working with the professors at UT Tyler has been so rewarding. The professors are great and I truly benefited from hands-on work in this exciting research.”

Henry Schreiber IV, Tyler, TX M.S. Biology, 2011

Biology MS Degree

Propel Your Passion and Career in Life Sciences

Admission Requirements

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.

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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

Career Outlook for Biologists

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.

Find Out More:

Department of Biology
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Tx 75799

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.