The School of Mathematics, Science and Technology is a scholarly community committed to providing a comprehensive education to prepare students for rewarding professional careers or graduate study in science, technology and science education related areas. Consistent with the goals of the School, the Department of Biology and Marine Environmental Science offers a Master of Science Degree in Biology with a focus on Biological Sciences Biology Education. The program provides opportunities for advanced study in the biological sciences and to pursue research investigations in specialized areas of interest or further preparation in public school education. The broad base of formal coursework and research in the life sciences will provide the depth required for further graduate study or for careers in industry, government, secondary/community college teaching or public school instruction. A thesis is required for the successful completion of the Master of Science Degree in Biology - Biological Sciences track degree and an action research project must be completed for the Master of Science in Biology-Biology Education track. The thesis and action research project are developed and completed under the guidance of a faculty advisor and both are defended and approved as a requirement for graduation. Appropriate thesis topics are developed within any of the broad range of areas of faculty expertise including studies at the molecular to organism and population level. Action research projects are developed as a collaborative between the Department and public school facility and research carried out in a public school classroom. In addition to the thesis document and action research project, 30 credit hours are required to complete the Master of Science in Biology Sciences track and 36 credit hours for the Master of Science in Biology - Biology Education track degree.