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Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Advance your career in public health, education, or medical research.

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences from University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) is designed to propel graduate students into impactful careers in research, education, or public health. This program offers deep dives into specialized areas of biological science, from molecular biology to zoology to botany, allowing you to expand your expertise in the field that aligns with your career goals. The M.S. in Biological Sciences requires 36 hours of coursework in one of these four specialization areas – 24 of which must be in biology courses. These specializations allow you to narrow your focus to the specific science that best reflects your career aspirations.

Specialization options include:

Career Opportunities and Earning Potential

With an M.S. in Biological Sciences from UH-Clear Lake, you'll be equipped for industry-driven careers in fields like conservation, health and medical research, and biotechnology, to name a few. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average salary of  $99,000 for biological scientists, with top employment sectors including scientific research, government, and higher education.

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Application Deadlines

For graduate student admissions information, please visit How to Apply as a Graduate Student.

New Students - August 1
Returning Students - August 15
International - May 1
New Students - January 5
Returning Students - January 15
International - October 1
New Students - May 1
Returning Students - May 25
International - April 1

International Students

For information regarding international student admissions, please visit International Admissions & Student Services.

Admissions Requirements

  • Biological Science M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application

    Apply online through the UHCL Graduate Application Portal.

  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE total scores should be at least 290 (140 Verbal + 150 Quantitative). GRE is waived if GPA is 3.0 or better with BS degree
    • Foundation Courses (C or better): Calculus I, Organic Chemistry 1 & II with labs, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry I, Physiology (plant or human or animal), Statistics, and at least 2 of the following: Microbiology for Science Majors, Ecology, Cellular Physiology, Molecular Biology.
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in Biology or closely related field

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.

Degree Requirements

UHCL's College of Science and Engineering has created a solid foundation of study designed to help you make your educational dreams a reality. Explore the classes you'll need to take for your University of Houston-Clear Lake degree.

Biological Sciences, M.S.

UHCL Biological Sciences Students in Lab

Cost Information

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University of Houston-Clear Lake

Phone: 281-283-7600

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058

About UHCL

Graduate Faculty

Scott Buckel

Scott Buckel

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3793
Email: Buckel@UHCL.edu
Office: B3531

Scott Buckel Faculty Bio

Leo Giblin
Leonard Giblin

Leonard "Leo" Giblin

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3740
Email: giblinl@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531

Leonard "Leo" Giblin Faculty Bio

Cynthia Howard
Cynthia Howard

Cynthia L. Howard

Department Chair of Environmental Sciences and Professor of Biology and Environmental Science ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3745
Email: howard@uhcl.edu
Office: 3525-12

Cynthia L. Howard Faculty Bio

Michael LaMontagne

Michael LaMontagne

Assistant Professor of Microbiology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3754
Email: LaMontagne@UHCL.edu
Office: B3121-4

Michael LaMontagne Faculty Bio

Richard L. Puzdrowski Jr.
Richard Puzdrowski

Richard L. Puzdrowski Jr.

Associate Professor of Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Science; Cooperative Degree Program Advisor; and Department Chair of Biology and Biotechnology ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3750
Email: puzdrowski@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525- 4

Richard L. Puzdrowski Jr. Faculty Bio

Larry Rohde
Larry Rohde

Larry Rohde

Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3743
Email: rohde@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-6

Larry Rohde Faculty Bio

Brian Stephens
Brian Stephens

Brian Stephens

Associate Professor of Biotechnology and Biology, and Program Chair of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3798
Email: Stephensb@UHCL.edu
Office: B3525

Brian Stephens Faculty Bio

UHCL Biological Sciences Student in Lab

UHCL Biological Sciences Student in Lab