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STEM graduate programs are center stage at SFA

With an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field, you’re already on your way to a promising career. A master’s degree will give you the edge you need to excel in your field and take your career to the next level. At SFA, we offer eight graduate programs focused on STEM subjects.

Students in our STEM graduate programs will have the opportunity to participate in real-world research and gain valuable hands-on experience in our new, state-of-the-art Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building.

Graduate programs in the College of Sciences and Mathematics

Master of Science in Biology

  • Coursework for the thesis option includes:
    • 30 graduate hours of coursework in botany, cellular and molecular biology or evolutionary biology
    • Included in the 30 hours of coursework are 3 hours of thesis writing and a minimum of 3 hours of thesis research
  • Coursework for the non-thesis option includes:
    • 30 graduate hours of coursework in botany, cellular and molecular biology or evolutionary biology
    • 6 additional hours of graduate coursework in their area of emphasis   

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Master of Science in Biotechnology

  • Coursework for the M.S. in biotechnology includes: 
    • BTC 563, BTC 555 and 555L, 557 and 557L, 559 and 559L, BTC 558 and 558L, BTC 575 and 576
    • 6 hours of electives
    • 3 hours each of thesis research and thesis writing

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Master of Science in Cybersecurity

  • Coursework for the M.S. in cybersecurity requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework, including 
    • 15 hours of core graduate computer science coursework
    • 9 hours of electives
    • 3 hours each of thesis research and thesis writing

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Master of Science in Geology

  • The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework, including:
    • 18 hours of graduate geology coursework 
    • 6 hours of additional graduate coursework 
    • 3 hours of thesis research
    • 3 hours of thesis writing 
  • The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework, including:
    • 30 hours of graduate geology coursework 
    • 6 hours of additional graduate coursework 

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Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences

  • For the concentration in mathematics, students should take the following courses:
    • MTH 502, 505, 508, 511, 512, 513, 517, 539
    • Six hours of mathematics electives
    • Six hours of mathematics or statistics, as advised
    • Students who pursue a thesis option must complete six hours of thesis research and writing (MTH 589 and 590)
  • For the concentration in statistics, students should take the following courses:
    • MTH 502, 503, 517, 520, 521
    • At least 5 courses from MTH 505 or STA 522, 523, 524, 525 and 526
    • 6 additional hours of mathematics or statistics electives
    • Students who pursue the thesis option must complete 6 hours of thesis research and writing (MTH 589 and 590)

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Master of Science in School Mathematics Teaching

  • Coursework for the M.S. in School Mathematics Teaching includes:
    • MTE 555, 558, 560, 562, 565, 570 and SED 532 
  • Students pursuing the middle school emphasis must also complete MTE 548, 550, 552 and 554 
  • Students pursuing a high school emphasis must also complete MTE 566, 568, 572 and 580

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Master of Science in Natural Science - Chemistry

  • The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours:
    • 24 graduate semester hours of chemistry, which includes 6 hours in CHE 589 and CHE 590 for writing and defense of a thesis
    • 6 graduate elective hours from other departments in the university
  • The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours, including:
    • 24 graduate credit hours from the College of Sciences and Mathematics (18 hours in chemistry)
    • 12 graduate semester hours from other departments
    • A capstone project and a comprehensive examination based on student's area of study

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Master of Science in Natural Science - Geology

  • The thesis option requires a minimum of: 
    • 24 semester hours of graduate courses
    • Six graduate hours of GOL 589 and 590 for writing and defense of a thesis 
  • The non-thesis option requires a minimum of:
    • 36 semester hours of graduate courses

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Master of Science in Natural Science - Mathematics

  • The master's in natural science is an interdisciplinary degree program offered through the College of Sciences and Mathematics. The program can be completed with a thesis or non-thesis option.
  • Students in this flexible, customizable degree plan will work closely with graduate advisors to design a unique degree plan that aligns with their interests and career goals.

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Master of Science in Natural Science - Physics

  • The graduate physics program is a thesis program that includes 18 to 36 graduate hours in physics. Program coursework is structured to align with student’s background and professional objectives.
  • Students pursuing the professional physics option must include Physics 512, 531, 532 and 551.

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Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Coursework for the M.S.N. includes: 
    • 46 credit hours, including STA 520, NUR 501, 502, 520, 511, 521, 561 and 570
    • 720 minimum clinical hours

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Contact

College of Sciences and Mathematics
936.468.2805
cosm@sfasu.edu

Physical Address:
Miller Science Building
Suite 100

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13034, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

 

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