Biology Graduate Program

Degree Options

Frog -- Photo by Kendall CraigAn individual with a bachelor's degree may enter, if qualified, into the graduate program in Biology for the Master of Science degree.  The degree may be obtained by completing 30 semester credit hours in Biology, including the writing of a thesis (Plan I), by completing 36 semester credit hours and a "mini thesis" (Plan II), by completing 36 semester credit hours in Biology .  Culminating requirements for both Plan I and Plan II are a thesis defense presentation and comprehensive oral exam. For Plan III both oral and written comprehensive exams are required. Plan III must be approved by the Biology faculty.  A "mini thesis" is usually a one-semester project.  The department will, at the discretion of the student and the committee, accept toward the master's degree six semester credit hours of coursework in a department other than the major.

Application for Graduate Studies

The first step is to fill out the University's Graduate Application, available online at To fill out a university financial aid application at the same time, go to Student Services > Financial Aid from the SRSU home page. To apply for a department assistantship, research or teaching position, complete the attached form or come by the department office and pick one up.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Biology, Geology, and Physical Sciences offers both teaching and research assistantships. Teaching assistantships usually involve preparation and presentation of freshmen (e.g., General Botany and General Zoology) and selective sophomore (e.g., Microbiology and Human Anatomy and Physiology) courses. Research assistantships may include working within the herbarium or vertebrate or invertebrate collections, or with faculty on current projects. Stipends are $ 7,000 for nine months with half insurance costs covered, for a two year maximum.

Graduate Student Contact

For information, contact: Dr. Christopher M. Ritzi Chair of Biology, Geology and Physical Sciences, Sul Ross State University SR Box C-64 Alpine, TX 79832