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

Our faculty members include internationally renowned researchers who have 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 including the Entomological Society of America.

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

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 BioDiscovery Institute (BDI) delivers research solutions to underpin the use of plants, forest products and other biomass for production of biopolymers, new biobased materials for construction and transportation, bioactive small molecules and biofuels. The institute operates through a pipeline linking sustainable plant production platforms, metabolic engineering and the development of new materials. The institute touts a multidisciplinary team of researchers committed to collaborating on large research projects with an emphasis on application of findings and solutions to meet market issues and needs.

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 Advanced Environmental Research Institute (AERI) houses multidisciplinary research teams that facilitate and conduct science-based interdisciplinary environmental research that provides an understanding of how human actions impact the environment, and then use that knowledge to suggest scientific, engineering, policy and/or educational solutions for actual environmental problems.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You’ll need to meet the requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and specific program requirements. Visit our website or the catalog website 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. are not 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 (option I) — a scholarly research degree requiring 24 credit hours of course work, special problems and seminars and a 6-credit-hour thesis
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (option II) — a non-thesis professional science master’s degree that prepares students for science and technology careers in industry and government and requires 36 credit hours, including a 4- to 6-credit-hour internship
  • 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 three 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 and tuition scholarships are available for entering master’s and doctoral students. 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.