The MS in Biology will equip graduates to enter professions within the science community and contribute through research, teaching, writing and other avenues – all through the lens of Scripture.

Our educational goal, no matter what biological discipline our students choose to study, is that they will be competent biologists who represent the God of Creation well. The Master of Science in Biology program will include courses from a research curriculum, specific biology content areas—physiology, molecular and cellular biology and organismal biology—departmental seminars and institutional requirements.

Students who apply to the Master of Science in Biology program will be evaluated based on undergraduate GPA (both overall and science/math specific), previous coursework, GRE scores, a personal statement and letters of recommendation.

The Master of Science in Biology program requires 42 credits, including courses from a research curriculum, specific biology content areas — physiology, molecular and cellular biology, and organismal biology — departmental seminars, and institutional requirements. This degree program will equip graduates to enter professions within the science community and contribute through research, teaching, writing, and other avenues — all through the lens of Scripture and within the context of a Biblical worldview.

How to Apply

Learn through the research model

TMU’s Master of Science in Biology offers exceptional research opportunities and classroom discussions, taught by distinguished professors who have not only the credentials and distinctions, but the laboratory expertise that fosters a highly stimulating and interactive environment.

Dr. Robert S. Bowen, Dean, Associate Professor of Physiology

Elevated physical activity diminishes the risks for chronic diseases. Illuminating the biological control of this complex phenotype is paramount for promotion of health. The sex steroids are important effectors of wheel running vigor in rodents, thus the Laboratory of Applied and Exercise Endocrinology (LAEE) utilizes mice as a model for physical activity. Specifically, the LAEE aims to delineate the cellular mechanisms that drive an organism’s abilities and motivations to consistently participate in physical activity.

Dr. Andrew J. Fabich, Associate Professor of Microbiology

The mammalian intestine has over 800 different phylotypes. E. coli colonization of the mammalian intestine is primarily governed by nutrient competition. During colonization, E. coli adapts and
becomes non-motile within 7 days. The signal to become non-motile involves quorum sensing between E. coli and the rest of the intestinal microbiome. The Laboratory of Intestinal Microbiomics studies what signaling governs E. coli adaptation to the microbiome during colonization combining next-generation sequencing with traditional techniques.

Dr. Diby Paul, Associate Professor of Biology

Communication is the sole means by which effective networking and co-existence is accomplished amongst living beings. Bacteria have their own chit-chats that carefully coordinate their effective strategies via certain signal molecules that includes N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHL). This Quorum Sensing (QS) regulated biofilm formation and virulence factor secretion are of concern as they are involved in surface-attachment, toxicity, and pathogenicity. Targeting QS is a promising strategy to inhibit undesirable bacterial traits and is referred to as Quorum Quenching (QQ). A clear understanding of the inhibitors of microbial communication systems is vital to dismantle their networking and co-working. The Sociomicrobiology & Microbial Interactions Laboratory (SMIL) employ various phytomolecules as quorum sensing inhibitors (QSIs) to cut off communication between these bacteria, so as to hinder their combinatorial attacks. Metabolites of various soil microorganisms are also sought as effective QSI candidates. Researchers at the SMIL use naturally occurring QSI molecules towards biofouling-control of membranes. Natural compounds are also explored as QSI agents to control plant diseases.

Areas of Study

  • Planning and Proposing Scientific Research
  • Cross-Cultural Ministries Practicum
  • Biostatistics
  • Laboratory Rotation
  • Thesis

Possible Careers

  • Botanist
  • Environmental analyst
  • Field ecologist
  • Fisheries biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Marine biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Museum curator
  • Natural resources manager
  • Park naturalist
  • Science educator
  • Wildlife manager
  • Zoologist

Many biology master graduates also pursue chiropractic, dental, medical, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, or veterinary degrees or complete doctorate work in a biology-related doctorate program.

Hours required for completion: 42


Dr. Robert S. Bowen
Dean of The Pilgram Marpeck School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – 706-865-2134, ext. 6400.