The thesis option is designed for students whose career goals include a research emphasis, including the possibility of enrolling in a Ph.D. program. Students who choose the thesis option take 36 credits of course work; up to one third of those hours are devoted to independent research under the supervision of a faculty member, culminating in a thesis. Students may choose advisors from the Biology faculty, or from other faculty members who have affiliate appointments within the department. See the Regulations for Master's Degrees and the Biology M.S. Program Faculty list for more details.