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Effective September 1, 2021, the Department of Biology has been reorganized into three new departments.
Please go to our new websites for the most current information.

Biology M.S. Program


Welcome to the Biology M.S. Degree Program


The Master of Science degree program in Biology offers opportunities for advanced study and research. A thesis option is offered to students who want an opportunity to develop expertise in research techniques and data analysis; a non-thesis option is offered for those who want the opportunity to earn the Master of Science degree through organized coursework. The thesis option is recommended for students who plan a career in research or contemplate pursuing a doctorate in one of the life sciences. The non-thesis option might be suitable for students interested in secondary school teaching in the life sciences. Graduate faculty research interests include biochemistry, cellular biology, development biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, physiology, and plant sciences.

Learn more about our Graduate Program.

UTSA and San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of the 14 academic and health science institutions in the UT System. Founded in 1969, UTSA serves thousands of students in over 160 degree programs.

San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the U.S. and is located at the foot of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. The weather permits residents to enjoy many outdoor activities year-round. San Antonio is an affordable city with many renowned attractions, such as the historic Alamo, the Riverwalk, and the Pearl district, with a diverse range of cultural experiences through the arts, sports, and nature.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Valerie Sponsel

Dr. Valerie Sponsel
(210) 458-5929


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