Jun 18, 2024  
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Life and Physical Sciences

Nolan McMurray, Jr., Ph.D., Dean
Office: PMB Boswell Complex, Room 305

(615) 963-5811

The College of Life and Physical Sciences includes the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Mathematical Sciences.  The College has about 57 full-time faculty and 90% of them hold Ph.D. degrees.  The College of Life and Physical Sciences seeks to promote excellence through scholarly inquiry and research, lifelong learning, and a commitment to service. The College is committed to preparing students to thrive in their chosen professions and be prepared to compete in a global environment. The curricula and programs of the College aid students to develop essential skills in solving problems, communicating, and working cooperatively and in teams.  Encouraging students to be lifelong learners and self-motivated individuals are important aims of the College.

Degree Programs

Biological Sciences  Ph.D.

Biology                     M.S.

Chemistry                 M.S.

Admission Procedure

All students applying for admission must submit to the Graduate School a completed Graduate Admission Application form, transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended, and three letters of recommendation.

Admission Requirements

The Biological Sciences Department and the Chemistry Department have departmental specific admission requirements.  The specific requirements are outlined in the summary of each departmental overview.

Department of Biological Sciences

Go to information for Department of Biological Sciences.


Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Chemistry

Go to information for Department of Chemistry.


Master of Science


Graduate Certificate Program in Biochemistry