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Biological Sciences - Botany - M.S. and Ph.D. PDFDownload to print

College
College of Arts and Sciences
Department
Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613
E-mail: kentbiology@kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/biology

Description

Master of Science (M.S.): Graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Biological Sciences–Botany is offered with research in plant systematics, taxonomy, evolutionary studies, molecular biology, ecology and genetics. The program provides a broad background in botanical sciences and training in research. Graduate students in botany are encouraged to become familiar with cognate disciplines that will enhance their scholarship and research potential; these include biometry, biochemistry, geology, geography and relevant foreign languages.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Graduate study leading to a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences–Botany is offered with research in plant systematics, taxonomy, evolutionary studies, molecular biology, ecology and genetics. The program provides a broad background in botanical sciences and training in research. Graduate students in botany are encouraged to become familiar with cognate disciplines that will enhance their scholarship and research potential; these include biometry, biochemistry, geology, geography and relevant foreign languages.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), 3.0 GPA; GRE (general test); goal statement; three letters of recommendation; acceptance of the student by a faculty advisor; list of up to five potential faculty advisors; and undergraduate coursework roughly equivalent to a Biology minor. Please refer to the University policy for graduate admissions.
 

Graduation Requirements

M.S.: Minimum 32 total credit hours.

Ph.D.: Minimum 60 total credit hours.
 

Thesis/ Dissertation

M.S.: A thesis and final defense is required of candidates.

Ph.D.: Dissertation and final defense is required.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (32 credits)
Course Title Credits
BSCI 50372 Populations, Communities and Ecosystems 4
  60194 College Teaching In Biology (Required for Teaching Assistants) 0-1
  60199 Thesis I 6
  60370 Ecological Genetics 2
  60371 Evolutionary Ecology 2
Additional Program Requirements 17-18
TOTAL 32


Prospectus: An M.S. student begins research by successfully preparing, presenting and defending a formal prospectus for their research project to their committee.

Thesis and Final Defense: The student must complete a master's thesis. It is expected that the student will present the results of their study in a defense open to students and faculty. The thesis must be presented and defended before the Guidance Committee with not more than one negative vote in order to be recommended to the Department and College of Arts and Sciences for degree conferral.