Biology, M.S.

Biology graduate students acquire advanced skills and knowledge that enable them to join the scientific profession or pursue additional graduate studies at the doctoral level. The Biology, M.S. program offers three areas of specialization:


Biology (Thesis)
The thesis program is designed for students seeking advanced studies in areas of modern biology and biotechnology with training in the fields of marine biology, aquaculture, biochemistry, ecology, environmental studies, fisheries biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant science, and physiology. This is a traditional thesis program requiring 33 semester hours of course work. Students structure course work and thesis topic according to their particular interests in biology.

Coastal Zone Studies (Non-Thesis)
In this non-thesis specialization, students will learn methods to identify and solve problems, management practices, and procedures for policy-making as they pertain to a coastal zone. Students with bachelor's degrees in the physical sciences, geography, and resource management are encouraged to apply.

Environmental Biology (Non-Thesis)
This specialization is one in which in which students are provided a solid background in the biological sciences and methods to identify and solve problems, management practices, and techniques in scientific research and/or policy-making as they pertain to the environment. There is a great demand from local, state, and federal government, as well as from the industry, for students with a strong background in environmental biology.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the UWF graduate catalog, the applicant must meet the minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission.

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of official GRE Verbal score of at least 450 and Quantitative score of at least 550 or Verbal score of at least 151 and Quantitative score of at least 152 on the revised GRE
• Earned B.S. in Biology or a related field from an accredited college or university
• Submission of a letter of intent describing reasons for applying to the program and associated career goals 
• Submission of three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's academic ability 
• Applying for the thesis track? See additional requirements in the UWF Graduate Catalog 


Department Contact

Chris Pomory
Chair, Department of Biology 

Phone: (850) 857-6028

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Application Deadlines

Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.