Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology, Thesis Option
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biology, Non-Thesis Option
The offering of a Master of Science degree in biology has several purposes. One of these is to provide students who have attained the baccalaureate degree in biology or other natural science the opportunity to broaden and increase their knowledge in the biological sciences. Another is to offer the opportunity to enter into or expand their experience in the area of experimental research in biology. These objectives may be achieved through selection of elective courses offered in this department and allied areas (chemistry, agriculture,veterinary medicine etc.), and by the selection of a research area of concentration. The latter is with the assistance of an advisor in the department who will usually act as the student’s major professor. All graduate students are required to teach for at least one year in the Freshman Biology Program.
Teaching and laboratory facilities are housed primarily in Armstrong Hall. A well-equipped multimedia center exists in the building to complement and reinforce effective teaching and learning. A computer laboratory is available with internet access. Facilities for graduate research are available in the Carver Research Laboratories and Armstrong Hall. Facilities in other departments can be used for graduate research by special arrangement. Presently, Faculty members in the department offer research experience in genetics, immunology,cardiovascular biology, microbiology, parasitology and cancer biology.
Department of Biology
Faculty and Staff
Faculty members of the department of Biology provide advice and guidance to students throughout their graduate career related to courses, laboratory rotations and thesis development.
Marcia Martinez, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair and Graduate Student Coordinator for Biology
Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases.
Location: Carver Research Foundation, Room 17
Office Phone: 334-727-8064
Lawrence Cobb, M.S. - Coordinator for Graduate Student Teaching
Microbiology (Food Microbes).
Location: Armstrong Hall, Room 206
Office Phone: 334-727-8079
Garland Wise, Pre-Health Advisor and Director of the Learning Resource Center
Location: Armstrong Hall, Room 207
Office Phone: 334-727-8832
Gwendolyn Brown, Office Manager for the Department of Biology
Location: Armstrong Hall, Room 107
Office Phone: 334-727-8822
Daniel Abugri, Ph.D.
Location: Armstrong Hall, Room 108
Office Phone: 334-724-4264
Deloris Alexander, Ph.D.
Location: John A. Kenney Hall, Room 70-116
Office Phone: 334-552-0690
Chastity Bradford, Ph.D.
Location: Armstrong Hall, Room 100
Office Phone: 334-724-4797
Sherita Cooks, Ph. D.
Location: Armstrong Hall, Room 209
Office Phone: 334-727-8885
Archana Sharma, Ph.D.
Location: Armstrong Hall, Room 210
Office Phone: 334-727-8828
Honghe Wang, Ph.D.
Location: Carver Research Foundation, Room 21
Office Phone: 334-727-8822
Richard Whittington, Ph.D.
Microbiology, Wildlife and Fisheries.
Location: Armstrong Hall, Room 201A
Office Phone: 334-724-4218
Clayton Yates, Ph.D.
Tumor Engineering, Prostate and Breast Cancer.
Location: Carver Research Foundation, Room 22
Office Phone: 334-727-8949
The Graduate Council establishes the major requirements for admission to Graduate Programs at Tuskegee University based on the recommendations of the Program Directors. The minimum requirements are as follows:
- A baccalaureate or professional degree earned from an accredited college or university.
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 based on the 4.00 scale grading system for all previous work.
- Official transcripts. (A transcript grade of D or F for any course will not be accepted by the Biology Department).
- Personal statement.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation.
- GRE Scores. (Verbal and quantitative minimum acceptable scores are 156 for each section giving a final total of 312 between the two. GRE scores more than FIVE YEARS OLD are not acceptable as fulfillment of the GRE requirement).
- * ETS/WES Scores (original)
- * Bank Statement
- * Affidavit of support
- * TOEFL (minimum total score of 85) or IELTS (minimum band score of 6)
- A non-refundable application fee is required.
* Must be submitted by all International Students.
No action will be taken on an application without all required documentation. The Admissions Office will coordinate the processing of the application materials with the appropriate graduate department.
- To be considered for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree or the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program in Biology, applicants must have completed the B.S degree from an accredited institution in any one of the following areas:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Bio ‐ Physics
- Computational Biology
|Formal identification of Faculty Advisor
|Selection of Thesis or Proposal Defense Committee
|Open Qualifier Examination
|Retake of Open Qualifier Examination
|“Progress Report” Affirmed by Committee
|Thesis/Proposal Research (mandatory)
|Submission of Prospectus/Proposal
|Defense of Prospectus/Proposal
|Completion of requirements for non-thesis option
|Publication/Submission of Manuscript
|Defense and completion of requirements for thesis option
All students are required to complete 30 credit hours comprising coursework, research and seminar (see M.S.curriculum below). The student must maintain at least a B average in all classes. If a grade lower than a B is earned the student will be placed on academic probation and will face forfeiture of departmental support (i.e.,tuition, fees, and stipend). Continual failure to maintain a B average will result in expulsion from the program.Graduate students are also expected to be participating members of the Biology Community. They are expected to attend all departmental seminars and Biology-sponsored symposia.
Master of Biology Curriculum
Students in the Master of Biology Program must complete 30 credit hours. All students must complete classes listed as CORE within the first year as these will form the basis of the open qualifier examinations along with a research question submitted by the research mentor. After completion of core classes students may select any of the optional classes until 30 credit hours are completed. Students must consult the research mentor before a decision is made on which of the optional classes listed should be taken. Students are NOT allowed to take classes below a 500 level. With the exception of the classes listed below, students must obtain permission/approval to take a class outside of the biology department.