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Graduate work is approved for the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. A Specially Approved Master of Science degree may be recommended by the Committee on Graduate Studies for a program of graduate study beyond the two listed programs in Biology and Chemistry. Any specially approved program shall conform to all requirements listed in this section of the Academic Calendar.
All graduate work is under the general supervision of the Committee on Graduate Studies. Upon receiving recommendations from the Department concerned, the Committee will decide upon admission, program of study, and on receipt of satisfactory evidence of the completion of the studies, will recommend concerning the award of the degree.
In situations where the candidate is close to fulfilling requirement (a), the Committee may admit the student to a qualifying year. In this case, the Department concerned will be asked by the Committee to suggest a course of study that will fulfill requirement (a) and that will build sufficient strength of background to carry on work at the graduate level. A passing grade must be obtained in each of these courses as well as a minimum overall Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0. Students completing qualifying courses will register as special students and are not graduate students while pursuing these studies. They will be admitted to graduate studies when the committee decides that the qualifying conditions have been fulfilled.
The minimum time required to complete graduate studies is one full year (two years is the normal situation). The program of study must be completed within five years.
All candidates must complete a minimum of two to a maximum of four 3 credit graduate courses as determined by the supervisory committee; a research program and a thesis based on this research; and participate in the departmental seminar series as determined by the supervisor. The format of the written thesis will follow the rules for graduate theses as describes in the graduate handbook. Copies of the thesis must be made available to the members of the candidate's Examining Committee three weeks prior to its defence.
The candidate must achieve a grade of at least B- in each course required for the degree, and also must pass a public oral examination on the thesis and related material.
A committee of three will be appointed for each candidate by the Committee on Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the research supervisor who will be its chair, a teaching member of the department concerned, and a qualified person from outside that department or within the department if more appropriate. It will be the responsibility of this committee to review periodically the progress of the candidate, read the thesis and conduct the oral examination which will be presided over by the Chair of the Committee on Graduate Studies or designate. The Thesis Examining Committee will also include an external reader who has had little or no involvement in the project. A grade of 'Pass' or 'Fail' will be assessed for the thesis and its defence by the candidate's committee. (The Chair of the Committee on Graduate Studies has no vote in this decision). If a 'Fail' evaluation is rendered, the supervisory committee will decide if and what remedial measure must be undertaken to obtain a 'Pass' grade. The candidate will have one year to meet these conditions.
In addition to the above regulations, each department may have special requirements as to language, necessary qualifying or complementary courses, etc. Information about such matters may be obtained from the heads of departments or may appear elsewhere in the Calendar under the departmental list of courses.
Candidates should submit a completed application form, curriculum vitae, a set of official transcripts, and arrange to have two letters of reference forwarded to the office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Applicants are also expected to contact potential supervisor(s) about the possibility of carrying on advanced study and research with them.
MSCI 5101/5201/5301/5401 (3.00)
MSCI 5111/5211/5311/5411 (3.00)
MSCI 5121/5221/5321/5421 (3.00)
MSCI 5131/5231/5331/5431 (3.00)
MSCI 5990 ()
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