Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics

Biology (M.S.)

Why Earn a Master's Degree in Biology?

Greater Baltimore is a center for high technology and biomedical research. In addition, the region's rapid growth and development have stimulated concerns about environmental issues and placed strains on the educational system. As a consequence, graduates with master's level training are sought by research facilities, private and government laboratories, environmental consulting firms, and public and private secondary schools. Towson's Master of Science in biology provides students with advanced training in the life sciences. Graduates gain a comprehensive foundational knowledge in their area of specialty, a high degree of competence in research design and methods, and communication skills for professional scientists.

Design Your Degree

M.S. students choose between two specialized tracks: Molecular and Cell Biology or Organism Biology and Ecology. Students can also choose between a thesis and non-thesis option. The thesis track is designed for students planning to pursue doctoral work, teaching positions in community college, or employment that requires advanced research skills. Thesis students design and implement an original research project. Prospective thesis students need to contact a potential advisor prior to their application to the program to arrange for an on-campus interview. Non-thesis students can deepen and broaden their understanding of biology through challenging course work and a small research project.

At Towson, you will learn from a diverse and highly accomplished faculty of biologists. Current faculty research interests include:

  • Behavioral physiology and ecology
  • Microbial, plant and animal ecology, systematics and taxonomy
  • Molecular ecology and population genetics
  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental contamination and toxicology
  • Immunology and Development of novel drug therapies

Faculty members work closely with students to develop research projects and complete thesis course work.


Dr. John Lapolla
Title: Assistant Professor
Location: Smith Hall, Room 351

Dr. Jack Shepard
Title: Assistant Professor
Location: Smith Hall, Room 259







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