Biology, M.S.

Master of Science in Biology

About the Degree

The master’s program in Biology offers students cutting-edge research opportunities in modern biological sciences. Areas of interest for graduate research include: pollination biology, conservation biology, physiological ecology, life history evolution, mating systems, aquatic ecology, evolution in developmental processes, behavioral evolution, neurobiology, biomedical research, biomaterials, biofilms, environmental microbiology, molecular phylogenetics, genomics, bioinformatics, hypertension and stress research, bio-materials and biomechanics, developmental molecular biology and physiology, comparative biochemistry, and evolutionary biomechanics.

Coursework combines core classes that provide broad training across the biological hierarchy – from molecules and cells to whole organisms to ecosystems and evolution – with smaller classes focused on specialized areas of research training. Most courses emphasize scientific inquiry and critical analysis of data.

Salary and Career Outlook

With the experiential learning of the MS degree, students are better prepared to enter the jobs market at a higher level of training. The broad course training prepares students within the program to pursue a wide array of jobs, ranging from healthcare to education and biomedical to biotechnology. The MS degree also positions students for further, advanced study in science and the healthcare professions.

Typical salaries in the biology field include:

  • Pharmaceuticals $80,000
  • Health care $80,000
  • Environmental sciences $40,000-$75,000
  • Conservation & Marine Biology $40,000-70,000
  • Microbiologist $75,000-90,000
  • Laboratory technician/manager $45,000-60,000
  • Education $55,000-65,000

Why Akron?

The Biology department is in unique in its emphasis on cross-cutting research across multiple fields, from geology to polymer science. As a result of this interdisciplinary approach, students are exposed to some of the most cutting-edge research ongoing in their respective fields; whether testing thermodynamic theory on gecko foot pad adhesion or studying how microbial respiratory activity influences iron ore deposition in Brazil, students are trained to use techniques across multiple disciplines to address questions at the forefront of their field.  

The Dr. Paul E. Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education provides research facilities and onsite classroom on the 400 acre Bath Nature Preserve while students also take advantage of the 100 acre Panzer Wetland and both local Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for field courses and research.

We train our students how to conduct science in a very interdisciplinary environment that emphasizes interactions with their peers. This equips students to thrive in modern collaborative work and research spaces.

Contact Information

            Graduate Coordinator:           Dr. Todd Blackledge

                                                            Auburn Science and Engineering Center,
                                                            Room E506


                                                            (330) 972-4264

            Graduate School:                    Heather Blake

                                                            Polsky Building, Room 467


                                                            (330) 972-7664