Policies and Forms

The Department of Biological Sciences has compiled a M.S. Student Checklist for Thesis Research as a handy timeline.

Important steps to remember include:

  • After deciding on your thesis committee, you must produce a thesis-committee approved research proposal before beginning your research. A complete copy of your proposal and signature page will be filed with the department graduate coordinator.
  • Once you have completed your research and have submitted your thesis to your thesis committee, your committee will administer an oral exam as part of your thesis defense.
    • Topics for the thesis defense may include anything from coursework and your thesis research project.
  • You must pass the thesis defense, have your thesis committee approve the written thesis and finish all necessary course work to meet degree completion requirements.
Boat Trip

Proposal, thesis defense, and thesis approval forms are available below.