Academic Catalog


Master of Science Biology with a Concentration in One Health (MS)

Piotr Kraj, Graduate Program Director

The Department of Biological Sciences provides a broad selection of course offerings. The degree program in biology allows for the selection of elective subjects most suited to the individual’s vocational interests.

The curriculum for the Master of Science program is developed around one’s interests such as:

  • botany,
  • ecology,
  • immunology,
  • infectious diseases,
  • marine biology,
  • microbiology,
  • physiology,
  • biomechanics,
  • environmental pollution,
  • marine benthic ecology,
  • systematic biology, and
  • zoology.

In addition, there are specially designed concentration areas in:

  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • One Health

Facilities and Equipment in the Department of Biological Sciences include:

  • microscopy: electron, fluorescence and confocal,
  • animal care facilities: terrestrial and aquatic,
  • spectroscopy,
  • cell culture,
  • DNA sequencing: Sanger and Next-Generation,
  • GIS (Geographic Information System),
  • digital imaging,
  • a greenhouse,
  • herbarium,
  • zoological museum, and
  • field science wet laboratories.

In addition, excellent opportunities exist for research and instruction off-campus at field research sites including:

  • Blackwater Ecological Preserve,
  • Virginia Coast Reserve-Long Term Ecological Research Site,
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences Eastern Shore Marine Laboratory, and
  • other regional agencies and facilities.

The One Health concentration is for students in the MS program that have a specific interest in aspects of the interdisciplinary One Health paradigm, a  strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in  aspects of health for humans, animals and the environment. The concentration will introduce students to the concepts of One Health and their application. Students will be admitted to the concentration after selection of their guidance committee and approval of their program of study.