College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is, from both historical and functional points of view, the core of the modern university. The College of Arts and Sciences views creativity, inquiry and understanding as among the greatest values in human experience. Thus, the College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the questioning, creation and transmission of knowledge; to the provision of undergraduate and graduate educational programs that are responsive to the need of an enlightened and productive citizenry; and to the provision of programs and services that enhance the quality of life of the people it serves.

These goals complete a commitment to creativity and inquiry free of bias and based upon the principles of objective scholarship. The College’s goals require a responsibility to promote and convey those elements of the liberal arts and sciences that must be essential components of the educational goals of all units of the university. The college seeks richness through diversity of its programs and strength through erudition.

Degree Program
Troy Campus
Phenix
City Campus
Dothan
Campus
Montgomery Campus
Global Campus*
Troy Online
Biomedical Sciences
X
         
Computer Science
X
   
X
   
Computer Network and Security Concentration            
Artificial Intelligence Concentration            
Software Development Concentration            
Criminal Justice
X
 
X
 
X
Environmental & Biological Sciences
X
       
X
History
X
       
X
International Relations
X
 
 
X
X
Public Administration
X
     
X
X
Social Science
X
       
X
Certificate in Biomedical Sciences
X
         
Certificate in Government Contracting          
X

* Please refer to http://www.troy.edu/admissions/ for specific program availability by location

MASTER OF SCIENCES IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.

Mission

The M.S. program and certificate in the Biomedical Sciences are designed to achieve the following: 1) to prepare students for future entry into medical and other professional schools in the health sciences and 2) to provide students with advanced knowledge in the biomedical sciences.

Upon completion of the degree program, students will gain a thorough knowledge of biomedical concepts developed through courses that focus on the changing face of medicine and biotechnology. This program will foster strategic and critical thinking, logical analysis, and propose solutions to the challenges of medicine, the allied health sciences, and biotechnology.

The expected program learning outcomes of students enrolled in the Master of Science in the Biomedical Sciences include:

  1. Demonstrate a conceptual competence of the basic biomedical sciences.
  2. Develop a framework for maintaining technological currency in the biomedical sciences and healthcare.
  3. Develop critical thinking skills for applying scientific knowledge in problem-solving.
  4. Acquire skills for developing hypotheses, analyzing data, and interpreting and communicating results in the biomedical sciences.
  5. Develop written and oral skills for communicating effectively and professionally.
  6. Promote ethical standards for all professional activities in the biomedical sciences and healthcare.

Prerequisite Requirements

Candidates for admission must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Prerequisites include physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. Students with undergraduate degrees outside of the biological sciences and chemistry are encouraged to inquire about the program.

Admission Requirements

To apply for admission to the M.S. program in Biomedical Sciences, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed Application for Admission to the Graduate School;
  2. Official transcript(s) from all universities or colleges attended;
  3. Official copy of one of the following: GRE (with writing score), GMAT or MCAT, PCAT, OAT, DAT or equivalent.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors, physicians, or other appropriate professionals that address the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program; and
  5. A 500-word personal statement that addresses the applicant’s professional goals, readiness for graduate school, and potential for completing the M.S. B.M.S. program.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants may be admitted unconditionally if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants who have completed a master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university may be admitted unconditionally. Applicants must submit all materials listed in Admission Requirements for the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences.
  2. Attained a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and achieved a minimum of 2.5 GPA in all undergraduate courses.
  3. Have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam: GRE 290 (recommended: 150 verbal, 140 quantitative) and GRE writing score. If the student has taken the MCAT (recommended: 487), DAT (recommended: 16) or equivalent professional exam, then this may be substituted for the GRE.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances to applicants who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements to a graduate program. See conditional admission requirements in the general regulations section of this Catalog.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of four courses (12 semester credit hours) taken at another regionally accredited institution, each with a "B" grade or better, can be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to Troy University courses in the M.S. program in Biomedical Sciences and must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Students who transfer a "core" course will still be held accountable for all material and Troy courses. In addition, transfer students must still successfully complete the comprehensive exam.

Degree Requirements

  1. Unconditional admission
  2. Overall 3.0 GPA in all graduate work completed
  3. No more than two grades in any course work attempted with a grade of C or below
  4. Completion of the curriculum listed below. A grade of “B” or better is required for BIO 6691 (3) Research Methodology and Experimental Design. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in an elective course, the course may be retaken or another elective taken in its place
  5. Successful completion of all components of the comprehensive examination
  6. Students should regularly meet with their academic advisor for scheduling and approval of courses

Curriculum (30-31 sh)

The Master of Sciences in Biomedical Sciences is a 30-31 hour non-thesis degree.

*The University requires that 6000-level courses make up at least 50% of the 30-31 semester hours.

*Courses with separate lectures and labs must be taken together.

*Please note that 5000-level courses cannot duplicate undergraduate courses that the student has taken as an undergraduate.

*Please note that the 6000-level core classes are ONLY offered in a 16-week format during the fall and spring semesters. Summer courses (6000-level) are offered on an 8-week format.

*BIO 6691 (3) Research Methodology and Experimental Design requires a grade of “B” or better.

Required Core Courses: (18 sh)
BMS 6615 3 Medical Microbiology and Immunology
BMS 6620 3 Neuroscience
BMS 6625 3 Medical Cell Biology
BMS 6635 3 Medical Physiology
BIO 6691 3 Research Methodology and Experimental Design
     
In addition to these Required Core Classes, students must take additional classes to complete the graduation requirement of 30-31 semester hours.
 
Elective Courses: (12-13 sh)
Courses with separate lectures and labs must be taken together.
BIO 5516 3 Microbial Ecology
BIO L516 1 Microbial Ecology Lab
BIO 5530 3 Applied Genetics
BIO L530 1 Applied Genetics Lab
BIO 5551 3 Toxicology
BIO L551 1 Toxicology Lab
BIO 5771 3 Parasitology
BIO L571 1 Parasitology Lab
BIO 5576 1-4 Special Topics
BIO 5580 3 Histology
BIO L580 1 Histology Lab
BIO 5592 1-4 Guided Independent Research
BIO 5594 1-4 Guided Independent Study
BIO 6601 3 Environmental and Biological Ethics
BIO 6621 3 Environmental Toxicology
BIO 6624 3 Public Health
BIO 6625 1-4 Specialized Study in Biology
BIO 6626 1-4 Specialized Study in Biology
BIO 6670 1-4 Special Topics
BIO 6671 1-4 Special Topics
BMS 6665 3 Neuroanatomy
BMS 6660 3 Histology and Embryology
BMS L660 1 Histology and Embryology Lab
SOC 5555 3 Death and Dying
  OR  
SOC 5560 3 Sociology of Health, Medicine, & Illness
  OR  
Select one (1) of the following:
PA 6675 3 Public Health Services Administration and Policy
PA 6676 3 Legal and Social Issues in Public Health Administration
PA 6677 3 Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response
PA 6678 3 Introduction to Public Health

Comprehensive Examination
After the completion of all core course, students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive exam is given in the semester or term prior to graduation. Students should work closely with their advisor to prepare for their comprehensive exams, which will be prepared, administered, and evaluated by the graduate committee. Comprehensive exams will be taken as scheduled by the University and/or Department.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (BMS)

Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.

Admission Requirements

All certificate students must be admitted to the Graduate School and M.S. BMS program to qualify for the Certificate. See Graduate Admissions and M.S. BMS Admission Requirements.

Course Requirements

Students admitted in the M.S. BMS program may qualify for the BMS Certificate by completing the required courses and maintaining an overall 3.0 grade point average or better. The Graduate Certificate requires 18-19 semester hours of coursework as described below:

Required Courses (20 sh)
BMS 6615 3 Medical Microbiology and Immunology
BMS 6620 3 Neuroscience
BMS 6625 3 Medical Cell Biology
BMS 6635 3 Medical Physiology
BMS 6640 8 Anatomical Sciences
Select one course (with corresponding lab, if applicable) from the following:
BMS 6630 3 Medical Pharmacology
BMS 6665 3 Neuroanatomy
SOC 5555 3 Death and Dying
SOC 5560 3 Sociology of Health, Medicine, & Illness
BIO 6624 3 Public Health
BIO 5551 3 Toxicology
BIO L551 1 Toxicology Lab
BIO 5771 3 Parasitology
BIO L571 1 Parasitology Lab
BIO 5580 3 Histology
BIO L580 1 Histology Lab
BIO 6665 3 Neuroanatomy

Other Requirements

Students who wish to be issued a certificate must submit the following to their home campus:

  • Certificate Intent
  • Certificate Plan and Progress Record
  • Copy of student transcripts

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.

The Master of Science degree in Computer Science prepares students for a professional career in the computer science industry, IT industry, or computer science research. Typical graduates of the program may be employed as software developers, network engineers, database administrators, or further pursue a Ph.D. degree. Objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. To provide students with opportunities to refine their skills and core competencies in computer science through the advancement and development of concepts, techniques, and methodologies appropriate in the field.
  2. To facilitate the development of advanced skills in an environment that will ensure both a realistic and varied exposure to contemporary information processing problems.
  3. To promote the integration and application of cutting edge concepts and approaches in the computer science field.

Prerequisite Requirements

Candidates for admission must have a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science or a related field from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Admission Requirement

Unconditional Admission:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (CS) or a related field from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or a 3.0 grade point average for the last 30 semester hours. All hours attempted in the term in which the 30 semester hours were reached will be used to calculate the grade point average. All transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are required.
  2. An acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam [GRE 286 (850 on the old exam) (verbal plus quantitative), MAT 385 or GMAT 380].

Conditional Admission
For those students who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements, conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances. Individuals admitted on a conditional basis may satisfy the requirements for unconditional admission as follows:

  1. Students failing to achieve the minimum entrance exam score exam [GRE 286 (850 on the old exam) (verbal plus quantitative), MAT 385 or GMAT 380] may satisfy the test requirement by successfully completing nine semester hours of graduate CS courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  2. Students not having a 2.5 undergraduate grade point average may satisfy the requirement by the successful completion of nine semester hours of graduate CS courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  3. A student with a bachelor’s degree outside the field of CS
    may satisfy the bachelor’s degree requirement by completing ALL of the following courses or their equivalent:

    MTH 2215 – Applied Discrete Mathematics
    CS 2250 – Computer Science I and
    CS 2255 – Computer Science II

    or

    CS 3360 - Concepts of Object Oriented Programming I
    CS 3310 – Foundations of Computer Science
    CS 3323 – Data Structures
    CS 3332 - Software Engineering

    Additional courses may be required by the CS Graduate Advisor depending on the student’s background. A student must complete all courses with a grade point average of 3.0. Note: To remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid, all undergraduate courses MUST be completed before students enroll in any graduate courses. Students receiving Federal Financial Aid may NOT enroll in undergraduate courses after they have begun graduate coursework.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of four courses (12 semester credit hours) taken at another regionally accredited institution, each with a “B” or better grade, can be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to Troy University courses in the department’s graduate program and must be recommended for transfer credit by the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Non-thesis students who transfer a “core” course are still required to take a written comprehensive exam based on the material presented at Troy University.

Degree Options

There are two degree options: thesis and non-thesis. In the thesis option, the student must successfully complete and defend a thesis as well as complete other requirements stated below. See Thesis Guidelines for additional information. In the non-thesis option, the student must pass a written comprehensive exam and must successfully complete a research paper.

Degree Requirements

The successful completion of 33 semester hours, including 6 hours of thesis research for the thesis option and 33 semester hours, including 3 hours of research project for the non-thesis option, with an overall grade point average of 3.0, and successful completion of a thesis or a paper. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in a core course, the course must be retaken. In both cases, a student must complete the Core Courses and choose one of the several specialization concentrations.

     Thesis      Non-Thesis
  1. Complete 33 SH of graduate-level courses to include 6 SH of course CS 6699;
  2. Maintain a minimum overall
    3.0 GPA; AND
  3. Successfully complete and
    defend a thesis.
  4. 6 hours of thesis research
  1. Complete 33 SH of graduate-level courses to include 1 SH of course CS 6625;
  2. Maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  3. Pass the written comprehensive examination; AND
  4. Successfully complete an approved research paper.

Curriculum

All courses offer three semester hours of credit.

Computer Network and Security Concentration
Core Courses: (9 sh)
CS 5549 3 Analysis of Algorithms
CS 5545 3 Computer Architecture
CS 5550 3 Operating System Principles
     
Select one option below:
Non-Thesis Option: (24 sh)
     
Required Courses: (9 sh)
CS 6676 3 Advanced Computer Network
CS 6674 3 Network and Information Security
CS 6625 3 Specialized Study in Computer Science
     
Elective Courses: (15 sh)
Select 15 hours of advisor- approved Computer Science graduate courses.
     
Thesis Option: (24 sh)
     
Required Courses: (12 sh)
CS 6676 3 Advanced Computer Network
CS 6674 3 Network and Information Security
CS 6699 3-6 Research and Thesis
     
Elective Courses: (12 sh)
Select 12 hours of advisor- approved Computer Science graduate courses.
     
Artificial Intelligence Concentration
Core Courses: (9 sh)
CS 5549 3 Analysis of Algorithms
CS 5545 3 Computer Architecture
CS 5550 3 Operating System Principles
     
Select one option below:
     
Non-Thesis Option: (24 sh)
     
Required Courses: (9 sh)
CS 6678 3 Advanced Artificial Intelligence
CS 6682 3 Machine Learning
CS 6625 3 Specialized Study in Computer Science
     
Elective Courses (15 sh)
Select 15 hours of advisor- approved Computer Science graduate courses.
     
Thesis Option: (24 sh)
     
Required Courses: (12 sh)
CS 6678 3 Advanced Artificial Intelligence
CS 6682 3 Machine Learning
CS 6699 3-6 Research and Thesis (6 sh)
     
Elective Courses (12 sh)
Select 12 hours of advisor- approved Computer Science graduate courses.
     
Software Development Concentration
Core Courses: (9 sh)
CS 5549 3 Analysis of Algorithms
CS 5545 3 Computer Architecture
CS 5550 3 Operating System Principles
     
Select one option below:
     
Non-Thesis Option: (24 sh)
     
Required Courses: (9 sh)
CS 6680 3 Advanced Software Engineering
CS 6640 3 Advanced Database Concepts
CS 6625 3 Specialized Study in Computer Science
     
Elective Courses (15 sh)
Select 15 hours of advisor- approved Computer Science graduate courses.
     
Thesis Option: (24 sh)
     
Required Courses: (12 sh)
CS 6680 3 Advanced Software Engineering
CS 6640 3 Advanced Database Concepts
CS 6699 3-6 Research and Thesis (6)
     
Elective Courses: (12 sh)
Select 12 hours of advisor- approved Computer Science graduate courses.

Comprehensive exam

A candidate that chooses the non-thesis option must pass the comprehensive exam before the degree can be awarded. The comprehensive exam should be taken during the students’ last semester of course work. The exam format is a written exam covering the basic core courses only. Students must pass all of the 3 sections of the exam.

Thesis/Project Proposal

Students who choose the thesis option must prepare a thesis proposal no later than the second graduate academic semester and must be approved by the thesis proposal committee.

 
Elective Courses (12/15 sh)
CS 6640 3 Advanced Database Concepts
CS 6643 3 Theory and Design of Compilers
CS 6646 3 Information Systems for Operations and Management
CS 6647 3 Simulation and Modeling
CS 6648 3 Optimization Modeling
CS 6660 3 Algorithmic Graph Theory
CS 6664 3 High-Performance Computing
CS 6666 3 Computer Graphics
CS 6668 3 Network Security
CS 6670 3 Applied System Analysis and Design
     
Other Electives (approved by adviser-semester hours vary)
CS 6625, 6626, 6627 Specialized Study in Computer Science*
CS 6649 Special Topics in Computer Science
CS 6699 Research and Thesis



MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.

The purpose of the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice is to broaden and enhance each student’s ability to understand, analyze and evaluate issues that confront the American criminal justice system. The objectives of the program’s core coursework are (a) the analysis of personnel situations in light of standard personnel processes applying major personnel laws and regulations to situations arising in criminal justice organizations; (b) demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of criminal law and procedures as evidenced by recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions; (c) critically evaluate the scholarly evidence considering the effectiveness of various crime control policies employed by the police, the courts, and the correctional system with both juvenile and adult offenders; and (d) explain situations in criminal justice and criminal behavior by applying various criminological theories; and (e) demonstrate an ability to appropriately apply various research designs and methodologies in criminal justice situations. Specific institutional objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. to prepare students to fulfill a need in American society for professional law enforcement personnel and competent criminal justice administrators by providing educational programs that develop each student’s problem solving skills in ways that prepare the student to address the issues that arise in the dynamic and evolving criminal justice field;
  2. to develop each student’s ability to synthesize and apply knowledge of the critical theories and concepts in the field of criminal justice in his/her problem solving analysis;
  3. to develop each student’s ability to identify and develop alternative solutions to problems that confront the modern criminal justice system based on his/her knowledge of current theories and concepts;
  4. to develop each student’s ability to evaluate and appropriately choose solutions to problems that confront the criminal justice system;
  5. to develop each student’s ability to effectively communicate the results of his/her analysis.
  6. to provide students who seek administrative and managerial positions in the field of criminal justice with the credentials to qualify for those positions;
  7. to provide an appropriate program of graduate study for students who are interested in research in the field of criminal justice and in advanced graduate study.

Prerequisite Requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to the Master of Science program in Criminal Justice is a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution. Students who desire to enter this program but do not have a degree in criminal justice, police administration, law enforcement, or corrections may be required to meet other criteria such as additional coursework regarding undergraduate or professional preparation. Significant professional experience may be considered. However, admission to the program does not imply official admission for the degree.

Admission Requirements For Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Unconditional Admission

  1. Hold a masters or higher degree from a regionally accredited university. No test score is required. An official transcript showing completion of a master’s or higher degree is required.

    OR

  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 30 semester hours. All hours attempted in the term in which the 30 semester hours were reached will be used to calculate the grade point average. All transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are required.

    AND

  3. Have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam [GRE 290 (850 on the old exam) (verbal plus quantitative), MAT 385 or GMAT 380].

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances to applicants who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements to the graduate program. See Conditional Admission requirements in the general regulations section of this catalog. Students with a baccalaureate degree from an unaccredited or otherwise accredited institution should see Unaccredited or Otherwise Accredited Student Admission.

Students with academic deficiencies (course work, GPA, GRE, or MAT scores) may be required to complete additional course work before being granted unconditional admission to the program.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of four courses (12 semester hours) taken at another regionally accredited institution each with a grade of “B” or better can be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to Troy University courses in the Criminal Justice Graduate Program and be approved by the main campus dean/department chair. If the student transfers a “core” or “required course,” he/she is still subject to a written comprehensive exam based on the material presented at Troy University.

Degree Requirements

Students completing the degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a grade of “B” or better in CJ 6650 Research Methods for Criminal Justice and for Non-Thesis option students a grade of “B” or better in CJ 6690 Capstone for Criminal Justice or for Thesis Option students successful defense of the master’s thesis, will be eligible to be awarded the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in a core course, the course must be retaken. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in an elective course, the course may either be retaken or another elective taken in its place.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a 30 (non-thesis option) or 36 hour (thesis option) program. The curriculum includes six (6) required courses. Six (6) of the first nine (9) hours completed by students must include CJ 6622 Administration of Criminal Justice, CJ 6636 Criminological Theory, or CJ 6610 Principles of Administration; the remaining 3 hours may be selected from any course for which a prerequisite does not preclude enrollment.

All courses offer three semester hours credit.

Required Courses (15 sh)
CJ 6610 3 Principles of Administration
CJ 6620 3 Current Trends in Criminal Law
CJ 6622 3 Seminar in the Administration of Justice
CJ 6636 3 Criminological Theory
CJ 6650 3 Survey of Research Methods in Criminal Justice
     
Non-Thesis Option (30 Semester Hours)
     
Non Thesis Option Degree Requirements
CJ 6690 3 Capstone in Criminal Justice
Required Courses 15 Semesters Hours
Electives 12 Semester Hours
Total
30 sh
     
  OR  
     
Thesis Option (36 Semester Hours)
(Note: Available only to students in residence at the Troy, Al campus.)
     
Thesis Option Degree Requirements:
Required Courses 15 Semester Hours (same as non-thesis option)
Electives 15 Semester Hours
CJ 6694 3 Semester Hours
CJ 6695 3 Semester Hours
Total 36 sh
 
Electives (12-15 sh)
Select elective hours from the following graduate courses:
CJ 6621 3 Current Issues in Corrections
CJ 6624 3 Court Administration
CJ 6625 3 Specialized Study
CJ 6630 3 Juvenile Justice
CJ 6635 3 Community-Based Corrections/Correctional Systems
CJ 6638 3 Seminar in Civil Liberties Related to Corrections
CJ 6640 3 Seminar in Law Enforcement
CJ 6644 3 Administrative Law
CJ 6645 3 Ethics in Criminal Justice Organizations
CJ 6649 3 Statistics for Criminal Justice Research
CJ 6652 3 Seminar in Corrections
CJ 6655 3 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
CJ 6660 3 Advanced Readings in Criminal Justice
CJ 6671 3 Organizational Theory
CJ 6692 3 Agency Experience
CJ 6693 3 Masters Project

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.

Purpose and Goals

The Master of Science Graduate Program in Environmental and Biological Sciences is designed to broaden the student's perspective and provide skills and knowledge for understanding and solving problems in the environmental and biological sciences. The Program teaches students the direct and indirect economic, social, and political contributions of the environmental and biological sciences. The Program underscores the interdisciplinary and cooperative nature of environmental and biological issues. The Program teaches how to manage conflicts and emphasizes the importance of effectively communicating with the private and public sectors, regulatory agencies, interest groups, and communities. The Program objectives are listed below:

  1. To demonstrate the pivotal role of the environmental and biological sciences in understanding and addressing environmental, ecological, medical, agricultural, and policy-related issues;
  2. To promote the professional development of students for entry and advancement in the private and public sectors as scientists, educators, administrators, or managers;
  3. To provide students with the necessary skills for performing research, reviewing and evaluating regulatory guidelines, and writing professional documents;
  4. To foster an understanding and appreciation of the role of values and ethics in research, management, and institutional performance;
  5. To strengthen the academic foundations of students seeking entry into professional schools and into doctoral programs at graduate schools; and
  6. To provide teachers with opportunities for advancement and to broaden and update their knowledge in order to enrich the classroom experience of their students.

Prerequisite Requirements

Candidates for admission must have a baccalaureate degree, preferably in a technical subject area. Candidates should have completed foundation courses in the biological sciences, one year of general chemistry, and one course in statistics.

Note: To remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid, all undergraduate courses MUST be completed before students enroll in any graduate courses. Students receiving Federal Financial Aid may NOT enroll in undergraduate courses after they have begun graduate coursework.

Admission Requirements for Master of Science in Environmental and Biological Sciences

Unconditional Admission
Unconditional admission may be granted to students who fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 30 semester hours
  2. Demonstrate an adequate academic background in the sciences that includes natural or biological sciences, general chemistry, and statistics
  3. Have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam [GRE 290 (850 on the old exam) (verbal plus quantitative)].

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances to applicants who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements to the graduate program. See Conditional Admission requirements in the general regulations section of this catalog. Students with a baccalaureate degree from an unaccredited or otherwise accredited institution should see Unaccredited or Otherwise Accredited Student Admission.

Students with academic deficiencies (coursework, GPA, GRE score) may be required to complete additional course work before being granted unconditional admission to the program.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 12 semester hours taken at another regionally accredited institution, each with a "B" grade or better, can be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to Troy University courses in the Department’s graduate program and also be approved by the Department Chair. Non-thesis students who transfer a "core" course are still required to take a written comprehensive exam based on the material presented at Troy University.

Degree Requirements

  1. Unconditional Admission
  2. Completion of curriculum listed below. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in a core course, the course must be retaken. If the student makes a “D” or “F” in an elective course, the course may either be retaken or another elective taken in its place.
  3. Successful completion of EBS 6691 with a "B’’ or better
  4. Overall 3.0 GPA
  5. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination for non-thesis students or a thesis, including a presentation of a public seminar, for thesis students

A student who successfully completes the requirements listed above will be awarded the Master's degree (M.S.) in Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate School offers several different types of assistantships and fellowships. Students should check the Graduate School’s website (www.troy.edu/graduateschool/index.html) for details about assistantships and fellowships, deadlines, and copies of application forms. Students should send the completed assistantship forms to the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, 213 Math-Science Complex (MSCX). Students should also contact a faculty member who would be willing to serve as their graduate thesis adviser before applying for an assistantship.

Curriculum for M.S. in Environmental and Biological Sciences

The Master of Science in Environmental and Biological Science degree is offered as a 30 semester hour thesis option or 36 hour non-thesis option.

Biological Sciences Concentration
Required Core Courses (9 sh)
BIO 6601 3 Environmental and Biological Ethics
BIO 6624 3 Public Health
BIO 6691 3 Research Methodology and Experimental Design
     
Select one option below:
     
Non-Thesis option (27 sh)
Select Advisor-approved course electives (27 sh)
Courses with separate lectures and labs must be taken together.
BIO 5513 3 Limnology
BIO L513 1 Limnology Lab
BIO 5516 3 Microbial Ecology
BIO L516 1 Microbial Ecology Lab
BIO 5521 3 Population Ecology
BIO L521 1 Population Ecology Lab
BIO 5530 3 Applied Genetics
BIO L530 1 Applied Genetics Lab
BIO 5550 3 Environmental History
BIO 5571 3 Parasitology
BIO L571 1 Parasitology Lab
BIO 5576 3 Special Topics
BIO 5579 3 Environmental Assessment
BIO L579 1 Environmental Assessment Lab
BIO 5580 3 Histology
BIO L580 1 Histology Lab
BIO 6621 3 Environmental Toxicology
BIO 6630 3 Pollution Science
BIO 6655 3 Clinical Biochemistry
BIO 6660 3 Issues in Aquatic Ecology
BIO 6661 3 Conservation Biology
BIO 6665 3 Sustainable Development
BMS L615 1 Medical Microbiology & Immunology Lab
BMS 6620 3 Neuroscience
BMS 6625 3 Medical Cell Biology
BMS L625 1 Medical Cell Biology Lab
BMS 6630 3 Medical Pharmacology
BMS 6635 3 Medical Physiology
     
  OR  
     
Thesis Option: (30 sh minimum)
The Thesis Option includes:
Required Core Classes 9 sh
Thesis hours 6 sh
Advisor-approved electives 15 sh
Total 30 sh
 
Required Courses (6 sh)
BIO 6695 6 Thesis Research
     
Select Advisor-approved course electives (15 sh).
Courses with separate lectures and labs must be taken together.
BIO 5513 3 Limnology
BIO L513 1 Limnology Lab
BIO 5516 3 Microbial Ecology
BIO L516 1 Microbial Ecology Lab
BIO 5521 3 Population Ecology
BIO L521 1 Population Ecology Lab
BIO 5530 3 Applied Genetics
BIO L530 1 Applied Genetics Lab
BIO 5550 3 Environmental History
BIO 5771 3 Parasitology
BIO L571 1 Parasitology Lab
BIO 5576 3 Special Topics
BIO 5579 3 Environmental Assessment
BIO L579 1 Environmental Assessment Lab
BIO 5580 3 Histology
BIO L580 1 Histology Lab
BIO 6621 3 Environmental Toxicology
BIO 6630 3 Pollution Science
BIO 6655 3 Clinical Biochemistry
BIO 6660 3 Issues in Aquatic Ecology
BIO 6661 3 Conservation Biology
BIO 6665 3 Sustainable Development
BMS 6615 3 Medical Microbiology & Immunology
BMS L615 1 Medical Microbiology & Immunology Lab
BMS 6620 3 Neuroscience
BMS 6625 3 Medical Cell Biology
BMS 6630 3 Medical Pharmacology
BMS 6635 3 Medical Physiology
     
Environmental Policy Concentration
Required Core Courses (9 sh)
EBS 6601 3 Environmental and Biological Ethics
EBS 6624 3 Public Health
EBS 6691 3 Research Methodology and Experimental Design
     
Non-Thesis Option: (27 sh)
Select nine courses
EBS 5550 3 Environmental History of the U.S.
EBS 6603 3 Environmental Management
EBS 6611 3 Global Pollution and International Environmental Policy
EBS 6612 3 Environmental Impact Studies and Risk Management
EBS 6615 3 Environmental Law, Permitting, and Regulatory Compliance
EBS 6621 3 Environmental Toxicology
EBS 6625 1-3 Specialized Study in Environmental and Biological Sciences
EBS 6626 1-3 Specialized Study in Environmental and Biological Sciences
EBS 6630 3 Pollution Science
EBS 6635 3 Land Use Planning
EBS 6637 3 Environmental Economics
EBS 6665 3 Sustainable Development
PA 6622 3 Public Policy
PA 6645 3 Managing Government Contracts
PA 6630 3 Strategic Planning
PA 6631 3 Program Evaluation
Or select from the following (no more than 3 courses from this group will be accepted):
IR 6650 3 Environmental Security, Conflict, and Development
PA 6622 3 Public Policy
PA 6645 3 Managing Government Contracts
PA 6630 3 Strategic Planning
PA 6631 3 Program Evaluation
Environmental Science Concentration
Required Core Courses (9 sh)
EBS 6601 3 Environmental and Biological Ethics
EBS 6624 3 Public Health
EBS 6691 3 Research Methodology and Experimental Design
 
Select one option below:
 
Non-Thesis Option (27 sh)
Required courses (9 sh):
EBS 6621 3 Environmental Toxicology
EBS 6630 3 Pollution Science
EBS 6665 3 Sustainable Development
     
Advisor Approved Electives courses: (18 sh)
     
  OR  
     
Thesis Option (30 sh minimum)
The Thesis Option includes:  
Required Core Classes 9 sh
Required EBS Courses 9 sh
Thesis hours 6 sh
Advisor-approved electives 6 sh
Total: 30 sh
 
Required Courses: (15 sh)
EBS 6695 6 Thesis Research
EBS 6621 3 Environmental Toxicology
EBS 6630 3 Pollution Science
EBS 6665 3 Sustainable Development
     
Adviser Approved Electives (6 sh)
Choose any six (6) hours from BIO/EBS courses listed above and/or GIS courses.
 
Comprehensive Examination
After the completion of all core courses in the non-thesis option, students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive exam is given in the semester or term prior to graduation. Students should work closely with their advisor to prepare for their comprehensive exams, which will be prepared, administered, and evaluated by the graduate committee.

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