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 if you enroll in two courses each term; 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 8400 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 Fall 2014, we are offering the following four regularly scheduled courses listed below:

  • BIOL 8400 - Understanding Biological Inquiry - 
This online course is designed for teachers and those who want to understand the methods and approaches to biological inquiry. It provides a broad background into the scientific methods utilized in the biological sciences and the application of inquiry-based teaching methods in the classroom. BIOL 8400 Understanding Biological Inquiry is recommended before enrolling in BIOL 8480. Instructor: Dr. Michael Childress.
  • BIOL 8420 - Understanding Cellular Processes - This online course is designed for teachers and for those who want to increase their knowledge about cell biology. Students will study how and where intracellular and extracellular molecules control cellular functions such as gene expression, secretion, motility, signaling, cell-cycle control, and differentiation. Instructor: Dr. David Feliciano
  • BIOL 8440 - Understanding the Human Body - This online course is designed for teachers and for those who want to increase their content knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of the 11 organ systems in humans. Studies will include food processing and nutrient allocation, circulation and respiration, excretion, communication via hormones and nervous transmission, reproduction, behavior, locomotion and support. Instructor: TBD
  • BIOL 8480 – 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 August 20 – December 12, 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.


Application Forms for Fall 2014 Courses

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  • BIOL 8400 Understanding Biological Inquiry (MS Word Format)
  • BIOL 8400 Understanding Biological Inquiry (PDF Format)
  • BIOL 8420 Understanding Cellular Processes (MS Word Format)
  • BIOL 8420 Understanding Cellular Processes (PDF Format)
  • BIOL 8440 Understanding the Human Body (MS Word Format)
  • BIOL 8440 Understanding the Human Body (PDF Format)
  • BIOL 8480 Understanding Scientific Research (MS Word Format)
  • BIOL 8480 Understanding Scientific Research (PDF Format)