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The purpose, general nature, and admission standards of this degree program are similar to those of the M.A. curriculum with a major in physiology. However, students are expected to demonstrate a higher level of research skills in this program by completing a thesis (THES 698). First year physiology graduate students are coded in as pursuing the M.A. in physiology. You may be selected to pursue the M.S. in physiology, usually in your second year. Selection is dependent on your academic performance and approval of the professor who assumes responsibility as your thesis advisor. Faculty may require successful completion of an independent study with the advisor, submission of a student grant, submission of a research abstract, or equivalent experiences.

You must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and must hold a bachelor's degrees from an accredited college or university with academic majors or minors in biology, the life sciences, or equivalent science fields. Undergraduate requirements for acceptance into the program include two semesters of biology, a year of general chemistry, and a year of organic chemistry. A year of undergraduate physics is recommended. Students applying for graduate teaching assistantships must have grade-point averages of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

How To Apply

  1. Apply to the Graduate School
  2. You must also complete an online departmental application for graduate admission.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, which should be two professional and one personal recommendation. Recommendations can be sent to Dr. Marianna Zamlauski-Tucker via email or hard copy, addressed to the Department of Biology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. Sealed recommendation letters can also be  placed  in Dr. Zamaluski-Tucker's mailbox in the Department of Biology office.
  4. Forward your resume or CV to Dr. Marianna Zamlauski-Tucker via email or at the address above. 

If you are an international student, you must first contact our International Admissions office; you will be directed on how to apply through their site.

Degree Requirements
For more information on the class sequence, please see the Graduate Catalog.

PHYS 585 - Research Techniques in Physiology
CHEM 563 - Principles of Biochemistry 1
CHEM 564 - Principles of Biochemistry 2
THES 698 - Thesis.
3 hours from:
PHYS 511 - Endocrinology
PHYS 513 - Renal Physiology
3 hours from:
PHYS 514 - Cardiovascular Physiology
PHYS 520 - Neuroscience
3 hours from:
ANAT 525 – Human Embryology and Histology
PHYSL 590 – Advanced Topics in Physiology
PHYS or ANAT elective (3) *excluding MED PHYS 640
General elective (3)

For more information about graduate programs in physiology, contact Dr. Marianna Zamlauski-Tucker at (765) 285-8360.