Idaho State University

Biological Sciences: MS, PhD and DA

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Biological Sciences offers Masters, PhD and DA (Doctor of Arts) degrees.

The M.S. programs require a substantial, original research project that culminates in a thesis, a minimum of 30 credits (including research and thesis) earned in graduate courses and seminars, expertise in core conceptual areas of the biological sciences, and completion of a research tool.

The PhD is a research-intensive degree requiring the candidate to complete original research that constitutes a significant contribution to the field.

The Doctor of Arts is a terminal degree for students interested in undergraduate college teaching. It is not less rigorous than a PhD, but is an alternative to it, emphasizing teaching effectiveness and breadth of disciplinary knowledge. It is a degree designed for institutions seeking to hire teachers who are flexible and have interdisciplinary interests and training. The general goals of the degree are to help students develop a broad background in biology, with primary and secondary areas of emphasis; an understanding of scientific inquiry; the ability to synthesize concepts of biology and to communicate these concepts effectively; expertise with teaching strategies appropriate for a variety of learning situations; and the skills and attitudes that will enhance graduates' effectiveness as faculty members.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Michael Thomas
Asst. Chair for Graduate Programs and Research
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Idaho State University
Campus Box 8007
Pocatello, ID 83209-8007
(208) 282-2396

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