Career Opportunities

  • Biotechnician
  • Conservationist
  • Dentist
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Researcher
  • Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Government Service


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Program Overview

The Department of Biology offers graduate course work leading to the Master of Science in Biology degree in two broad areas of biology: Cell and Molecular Biology, OR Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. Students benefit from leading faculty researchers and facilities include research and teaching laboratories, environmental chambers, greenhouses, and a large array of supporting modern research instrumentation. Graduate research can also be pursued using facilities of the Missouri Botanical Garden or the Saint Louis Zoo.

UMSL offers three types of Master of Science degrees in Biology:

  • The first is a 30 credit hour non-thesis option suitable for those who may already have extensive research experience, for educators who seek to upgrade their academic skills but do not require research experience, or for those who need to broaden their biological background.
  • The second is a 32 credit hour Professional Science track that includes a strong business component for students who are interested in learning more about the business aspects of companies. This track may not be appropriate for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD or working primarily as laboratory scientists, and does not have a thesis option.
  • The third is a 30 credit hour traditional apprenticeship in research leading to a written thesis.

All students admitted to the graduate program are considered to be in the non-thesis program unless they have been accepted into an individual faculty lab.

Learn more about the program curriculum.

What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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