Nova Southeastern University’s Biological Sciences master’s degree provides you with a strong foundation, so you can prepare for professional careers in biology and in health care fields. This program offers opportunities for you to specialize in your interests and conduct original research in areas such as genetics, cell biology, ecology, chemistry, endocrinology, biochemistry, and more.
As a graduate student at NSU’s Halmos College of Arts and Sciences, you’ll get hands-on training in well-equipped laboratory and computer facilities, using the same advanced tools you’d encounter in the real world. Faculty provide specialized, one-on-one attention to help you pursue your research goals. Many of your professors are actively engaged in research, investigating questions related to shark population genetics, bioinformatics, brain structure and function, fish reproductive cycles, and more. Their passion for advancing the biological sciences guides their teaching methods.
Choose from two concentrations in NSU’s M.S. in Biological Sciences program. They are designed to give you a competitive advantage in your career: Health Studies or Research.
NSU’s Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Research gives you the opportunity to pursue your research interests in a specific aspect of genomics, microbiology, evolution, ecology, parasitology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. As a graduate of NSU’s Biological Sciences master’s program, you can enter a multitude of careers in all fields of biology or continue your educational journey in a Ph.D. or professional medical program.
You have two options for completing this concentration: a 24-month thesis or 21-month capstone project. Both options provide you with plenty of course time to conduct research in various capacities. In your research, you’ll tackle significant questions in biology and gain a superior understanding of the scientific method, applying it to your specific research goals and projects.
Core Courses - 12 Credit Hours
There are 2 required courses (6 credit hours) for both the thesis and capstone path which are:
Biological Science Electives - 3 Credit Hours (Thesis Path) or 9 Credit Hours (Capstone Path)
Students can choose from any of the electives listed below, as well as those listed in the MSMS program
Research Courses - 9 Credit Hours (Capstone Path) or 15 Credit Hours (Thesis Path)
The demand for better health care workers is at an all-time high. Doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and other medical professionals are highly sought after and lead rewarding and successful careers. A master of science (M.S.) in Health Studies is designed to better prepare you for entrance into highly competitive, health-related professional schools.
In this 12-month (30-credit) program, you’ll be exposed to rigorous coursework to develop in-depth knowledge of science as it relates to the human body. You’ll learn about current advances in medical research and practice critical thinking skills. You’ll also get hands-on experience in labs as you work with high-grade instrumentation to help further your skills and prepare you for medical school admissions exams (MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT).
Masters in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Health Studies: CURRICULUM
SUMMER 1 (6 credits)
FALL 1 (12 credits)
WINTER 1 (12 credits)
Comprehensive Exam (in the style of a standardized exam) – 2 attempts possible
The Health Studies Concentration begins in the Summer 2020 semester ONLY.