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Biological Sciences Programs

It takes persistence to make differences that matter.

Whether you’re looking for a degree, minor, or certificate, the Department of Biological Sciences has the program you need to meet your goals.

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M.S. in Biology

There’s never been a better time to be a biologist. Every day, new discoveries are made and new research is published, and it’s all making a difference in how we live. With a master’s degree in biology, you’ll get to contribute to this exciting research, share your knowledge, and apply it to the industry you love.

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Program Highlights

  • Top-notch research and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with quantitative analysis
  • Support from the Mastodon community
  • A prestigious Purdue degree



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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • A level of competency for understanding core principles of evolution, organismal diversity, ecology, biological structure, biological function, molecular biology, and genetics
  • Locate and critically evaluate scientific information to help develop relevant questions and hypotheses, interpret the results of investigations, and synthesize and apply new and existing knowledge
  • Design studies to test biological hypotheses using laboratory, field, or computational methods that meet professional ethical standards
  • Effectively communicate the results of scientific research verbally and in writing
  • Learn independently, analyze data, interpret results, synthesize information, and critically evaluate the significance of research results and new knowledge
  • An awareness of the relevance of biological knowledge to human health and welfare in local, national, and international communities