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The Master of Science in Biology (MSB) is a non-thesis master’s degree program within the School of Science and Mathematics at Charleston Southern University.  This program targets baccalaureate graduates in biology and other science-related fields and is appropriate for careers that value individuals having advanced technical and conceptual training in biology (i.e. clinical doctorate programs in medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy, positions in management and policy, and educational appointment at the primary, secondary, or community college levels. 

The program’s design requires a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours to complete, and can be accomplished with one year’s time.  The proposed coursework in the MSB will provide a foundation in graduate-level knowledge of biological theory, lab techniques, and experimental design.  Required in this track are 5 core courses totaling twelve (12) credit hours and a minimum of an additional eighteen (18) credit hours of biology elective courses.


The objectives for the Master of Science in Biology program are to develop graduates who shall:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current research, trends, and literature of the discipline and the understanding and application of these to further their career and/or obtain an advanced degree.
  • Exhibit a proficiency and capability in both written and oral communication skills of conveying biological information to both professional scientists and the lay public.
  • Critically and competently evaluate peer‐reviewed publications in biology.
  • Enhance their understanding of experimentation, observation and data analysis, and their application to defined questions in biology.
  • Recognize the need for lifelong learning and cultivate skills for acquiring knowledge in the life sciences, both for matriculation and life-long learning.
  • Develop a Biblically based decision making process employing an advanced understanding of information from a broad range of core biological concepts that will serve as a foundation for Christ-like leadership in the biological or medical field.
  • Effectively practice and defend their profession ethically and recognize societal and global needs from a Christian worldview perspective.