BIOL Online - Non-thesis Master's

The Department of Biological Sciences is proud to offer an online, non-thesis Master of Biological Sciences designed specifically for K-12 teachers and other science educators interested in biological sciences. This program is fully in a distance-learning format and lectures are available 24/7.

Students enrolling in our course must first be admitted to the graduate school as a degree (the program code is MS-BIOS-1-AAC) or non-degree seeking student. Please note that the tuition rate is higher for non-degree seeking students. Click here to be taken to the Finances page. Online applications for graduate degree programs are on the Graduate Admissions website (http://www.grad.clemson.edu).

We cycle through the required ten courses, therefore you can begin the sequence at any time. Our program can be completed in 6 semesters; however, a master's student has six years to complete a degree; therefore, all coursework to be credited toward any master's degree must have been enrolled in and completed within six calendar years prior to the date on which the degree is to be awarded.

Enrollment is limited to two courses per term with the exception of BIOL 8480. BIOL 8480 (described below) is offered each term. Students may enroll in BIOL 8480 and two other regularly scheduled courses this fall. Do not register for BIOL 8480 if you need the other courses offered this term (BIOL 8400, 8420, and 8440) since they will not be offered again until next fall.

For the Spring 2015, we are offering the following four regularly scheduled courses listed below:

  • BIOL 8430 Understanding Genetics and Evolutionary Biology – This online course is for teachers who want to increase their content knowledge in the areas of genetics and evolution. The course will focus on Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, gene expression and regulation, population genetics, forces of evolutionary change, and the role of evolutionary change in the origin of new species and the diversity of life. Co-instructors: Dr. Margaret Ptacek and Ms. Renea Hardwick.
  • BIOL 8450 Understanding Vertebrate Biology – This online course is designed for teachers and for those who want to increase their content knowledge about the taxonomy, morphology, adaptations, and evolution of vertebrates. Instructor: Dr. Tamara McNutt-Scott
  • BIOL 8470 Understanding Microbiology – This online course is designed for teachers and for those who want to increase their knowledge about microorganisms. Topics include prokaryotic cell structure and function, microbial growth and growth control, food microbiology, bacterial genetics, immunology, virology, microbial diseases, and epidemiology. Laboratory concepts will be emphasized. Instructor: Dr. Harry Kurtz
  • BIOL 8480 Understanding Scientific Research – Research problems for teachers in selected areas of biological sciences to provide an introduction to research planning and techniques. Teachers will undertake either an instructor approved, individual project or participate in a group project involving their classroom during the academic year. Both are assisted by and under the supervision of the instructor. BIOL 8400 Understanding Biological Inquiry is recommended, not required, before enrolling in BIOL 8480. Instructor: Dr. Robert Ballard

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These four online courses run January 7 – May 1, 2014. If you apply to more than one of our courses, you will be notified about your acceptance under separate email. Each course will provide you with three hours of graduate credit from the Clemson University Department of Biological Sciences.  All courses are open to degree and non-degree seeking students.

Students will register online using Clemson’s course management program called IROAR. After we receive your course application form(s), we will notify the Registration Coordinator who will email instructions for online registration to the student. We can no longer add students to the class roster; consequently, you must register online for each course you plan to take.

Online registration for the spring semester begins Nov. 5.


Application Forms for Spring 2015 Courses

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  • BIOL 8430 Understanding Genetics and Evolutionary Biology (MS Word Format)
  • BIOL 8430 Understanding Genetics and Evolutionary Biology (PDF Format)
  • BIOL 8450 Understanding Vertebrate Biology (MS Word Format)
  • BIOL 8450 Understanding Vertebrate Biology (PDF Format)
  • BIOL 8470 Understanding Microbiology (MS Word Format)
  • BIOL 8470 Understanding Microbiology (PDF Format)
  • BIOL 8480 Understanding Scientific Research (MS Word Format)
  • BIOL 8480 Understanding Scientific Research (PDF Format)