The Department of Biological Sciences offers the Master of Science degree in biological sciences. Students choose between a thesis or nonthesis option, which each requires 30 hours of credit. The nonthesis option requires 30 hours of course work and a comprehensive exam, and the thesis option requires 24 hours of course work, a thesis (that includes 6 hours of research), and a comprehensive exam. At least two credit hours in either option would be in seminar (discussion) courses. The nonthesis option is considered a terminal degree; therefore, students wishing to pursue higher degrees should take the thesis option. Comprehensive exams will be oral, written, or both at the discretion of the advisor. Admission and Graduation requirements are available in the Graduate Catalog.