Q: Who should I contact for more information about the program?
A: You should contact Dr. Chris Bonvillain by e-mail or call him at 985.449.7116.
Q: Should I fill out an application for the university and the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program?
A: Yes. You must first be accepted by the university before we can accept you into our graduate program. You can easily apply to the university online. For more information, go to our application page.
Q: Do I need to complete the mentor agreement form in the Department’s application packet?
A: Yes. A graduate faculty member must agree to be your mentor/major professor for you to be accepted into the program.
Q: Are assistantships available?
A: Yes, but they are competitive and are typically given to the most qualified students. There are three types of assistantships available, and the stipend level varies. For more information, go to our assistantship page.
Q: Is the biology department accredited?
A: Although we would embrace the challenge of earning accreditation, there is no accrediting agency for biology departments in the United States. The biology department at Nicholls is comprised of a faculty of hard-working professionals renowned for their teaching and research accomplishments, as well as their service to the region, state and nation. As validation of our good work for and with students, we would certainly seek accreditation if it were possible. Despite the fact that there is no accreditation agency specifically for us, you should realize that the entire university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and specialist degree levels.
Q: Do I have to have an undergraduate biology degree from Nicholls to apply for the Master of Science graduate program in your department?
A: No, and, in fact, the diversity of the students we accept improves the breadth of our program. We can accept students with good recommendations, good GRE scores and good undergraduate grade-point averages from any science curriculum anywhere in the world. Visit our M.S. degree program page for more details.