Master of Science Biology
The College of Natural and Applied Sciences offers a Masters of Science Degree in Biology
. Courses for the Master of Science Degree in Biology are taught by faculty from the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, the Marine Laboratory, and the Water and Environmental Research Institute. The program is designed to serve those students who are pursuing a research-oriented career at the master's level, those using the master's degree as a stepping stone to the doctorate, and biology teachers who have fulfilled requirements for teacher's certification but seek a broader knowledge of biology.
In addition to obtaining the Master of Science in Biology, candidates have the opportunity to study in one of the most interesting regions of the biosphere. The Graduate Program in Biology has many facets comparable to mainland programs and provides outstanding opportunities in tropical marine science. The Marine Laboratory, situated at the edge of Pago Bay's diverse coral reef, provides facilities for research and instruction requiring a running seawater system and basic and advanced instrumentation.
Prerequisites for the program are one (1) term (semester or quarter) of Calculus, two (2) terms ofPhysics or Geology, four (4) terms of Chemistry, and four (4) terms of Biology, of which at least two (2) are upper division. Students may make up these prerequisites while in the program, however courses taken to make up any deficiencies shall not be applied to the total credits required for a graduate degree. Applicants must also submit test scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General and Advanced Biology Tests taken within the last five years) and three letters of reference.