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A. Biotechnology Program Core Classes

12 credits of core classes:

  • BT 511 Seminar (2 credits total): 1 credit for each of two semesters
  • BT 555 Statistics* (3 credits)
  • BT 567 Current Concepts in Biotechnology* (3 credits)
  • BT 571 Techniques in Biotechnology I (2 credits)
  • BT 572 Techniques in Biotechnology II (2 credits)

B. Biotechnology Program Areas of Concentration

  • Organismal/Environmental
  • Molecular/Microbial

C. MS Degree Requirements

  • 30 total credit hours
  • 12 credit hours of biotechnology program core courses
  • 12 credits elective classes in one of two areas of concentration
  • 6 credit hours of graduate research BT 695* Master's Thesis Research
  • Research advisor must be a member of WVSU faculty
  • Thesis committee composed of three faculty (one may be an external examiner)
  • The adviser and the student's thesis committee will assist the student in developing the plan of study for the MS degree and thesis proposal. The student's thesis committee must accept both.
  • One semester graduate teaching experience minimum
  • Oral defense of thesis and public presentation of thesis research

D. MA Degree Requirements

  • 36 total credit hours
  • 12 credit hours of biotechnology program core courses
  • 24 credits elective classes in one of two areas of concentration
  • No thesis required
  • One semester graduate teaching experience minimum
  • Written and/or oral comprehensive examination over the course work
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