Biological Sciences

Master's and Doctoral Programs

Graduate opportunities

The Department of Biological Sciences provides a high-quality education while you pursue a graduate degree in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or Environmental Science at the University of North Texas.

Scholarly research, strong professor-student mentoring, high-quality instruction and professional community service are the foundation of the department.

The cornerstone of our graduate programs is the creation of new knowledge through research. Research is supported through numerous federal, state, private and nonprofit sources. We offer opportunities to conduct research in:

  • Aquatic biology
  • Forensic biology
  • Aquatic toxicology
  • Genetics
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Ecology
  • Physiology
  • Environmental science
  • Plant sciences

Our faculty members include two internationally renowned researchers in plant science and others who've earned recognition from the National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Microbiology, among others.

The rigorous curriculum has helped students receive prestigious appointments and awards from organizations such as the Entomological Society of America.

The department's facilities for research and graduate training occur in the Life Sciences Complex and the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building. The Life Sciences Complex, which has Gold-level LEED certification for sustainability, includes an aquatics laboratory and four climate-controlled rooftop research greenhouses.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School ® offers several professional development workshops, including Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camps. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Research centers and institutes

The Center for Network Neuroscience focuses on in vitro preparations, especially monolayer cultures of mammalian central nervous system cells, and emphasizes research on pattern generation, storage and recognition .

The Center for Plant Lipid Research seeks to understand lipids' influence on plant growth and development through contemporary cellular, biochemical and molecular approaches. Efforts also contribute to the discovery of new products and uses for plant derived lipids and their potential public benefit.

The Center for Watershed and Reservoir Assessment and Management conducts research on techniques and best management practices for assessing and managing watersheds and reservoirs, addressing current and emerging problems and issues.

The Elm Fork Education Center is dedicated to educating the public, especially K-12 students, about environmental issues. The center engages students in field activities and discovery experiences.

The Institute of Applied Science provides research and educational programs addressing natural and human resource issues. The institute also has labs for environmental chemistry, aquatic toxicology, geographic information systems, data visualization and analyses of archaeological samples.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You'll need to meet the requirements for the graduate school and specific program requirements. Visit the biology website or UNT's degree catalog for specific requirements.

Degree requirements

Master of Arts degree

  • Biology — a 36-credit-hour, non-thesis degree with 5000-6000 level course work and a foreign language requirement (Students completing the M.A. aren't eligible for our Ph.D. program.)

Master of Science degrees

  • Biology — a scholarly research degree requiring 24 credit hours of course work, special problems and seminars and a 6-credit-hour thesis (Concentrations are available in Computational Life Science or Sub- Antarctic Biocultural Conservation.)
  • Biology: Teaching in the Life Sciences — a non-thesis degree that includes teacher certification in the life sciences at the secondary level and requires 18 credit hours each in biology and secondary education (Admission to the secondary education courses requires meeting College of Education requirements.)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology— a scholarly research degree requiring 24 credit hours of course work, special problems and seminars and a 6-credit-hour thesis
  • Environmental Science (option I) — a scholarly research degree requiring 30 credit hours of course work, special problems and seminars and a 6-credit-hour thesis
  • Environmental Science (option II) — a professional science master's degree requiring 10 credit hours of core environmental science courses; 12 credit hours of environmental science electives; 12 credit hours of courses in business, writing, communication, public administration, economics and philosophy; and a 3- to 6-credit-hour internship

Doctor of Philosophy degree

A Ph.D. degree in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or Environmental Science requires 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree or 42 credit hours beyond the master's degree. Specific requirements may vary among the four programs.

The Ph.D. culminates in a dissertation of scientific merit. You're expected to have been published or be accepted for publication before graduation.

Financial assistance

Qualified students are supported through competitive teaching assistantships or research assistantships funded by research grants to faculty members. Nine-month stipends range from $14,100 for entering master's students to $19,100 for Ph.D. candidates. Out-of-state and international students who are supported at least one- half time are eligible for in-state tuition. Contact the department for information about assistantships.