The graduate assistantship (GA) is designed to provide support during full-time graduate study. It’s an opportunity for the graduate students to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and administrators. In addition to a per year stipend, GAs gain valuable experience. There are two kinds of assistantships: teaching and administrative.
Outcomes & Careers
Successful Outcomes Rate
Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Biology report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a biological scientist is $91,550.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a biological science teacher, postsecondary is $101,320.
High School Biology Teacher
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a secondary school teacher is $67,240.
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
This program is housed within the College of STEM. The College prepares students to find creative solutions to problems. Curiosity and analysis merge, creating students ready to figure things out and then use that knowledge to make things better.
Course Requirements (32 hours required)
- 12 hours of environmental science electives
- 14 hours of electives
Choose one of the following options:
Thesis Research Option
- EV697-EV699 Thesis (6)
- EV681-EV683 Environmental Science Internship (6)
- EV691-EV693 Environmental Science Research (6)
Graduate coordinators serve as the contact for graduate programs. The coordinators are most often faculty within the college that houses the program, helping you to get questions answered and first-hand knowledge of the degree requirements and placement opportunities.
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Getting the Job
Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.
Happening in Biology
The Will to Do