Graduate Studies in Physical, Mathematical and Life Sciences

CNS is home to nearly one thousand graduate students pursuing advanced degrees across the physical, mathematical, and life sciences. As major research and teaching institution, students have access to attain their degree under the guidance of outstanding faculty in world-class facilities.

Cross-Disciplinary Approach

Because the basic concepts and foundations of science and mathematics continually evolve, our approach to scholarship must adapt. An important evolution in science and mathematics is the blurring of the boundaries of the various disciplines. Among the goals of our graduate programs is promoting an environment in which students can easily cross traditional boundaries and engage in studies that involve collaborations among biological, physical, and mathematical scientists.

This collaborative research approach is synergetic with the university’s goal of advancing fundamental knowledge in traditional areas. This interdisciplinary approach prepares MSU graduate students for the complex challenges of science in the future and for various careers.


Graduate programs in the sciences at MSU are organized around traditional disciplines as well as nontraditional dynamic partnerships that evolve when faculty from different areas come together to solve new sets of problems.

Collaboration and customization are the core of graduate studies in the sciences at MSU. Students are encouraged to explore their individual interests in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The environment is welcoming, with flexible prospects for students to enhance their education through opportunities available only at a major research institution.

Advanced Degree Programs and Specializations

Advanced study is available through the following degree programs and specializations:

  • Astrophysics and Astronomy
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Food Science
  • Genetics
  • Geological Sciences
  • Human Nutrition
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Quantitative Biology and Modeling
  • Science and Mathematics Education
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Certification in Teaching College Science and Mathematics
  • Zoology

Also, CNS has these degree programs available:


Dual-Degree Programs (BS-MS)

The College of Natural Science has developed a unique program for academically talented undergraduates. Students enrolled in a B.S. program in the College of Natural Science have the opportunity to consider enrolling in graduate courses and conducting research toward a M.S. degree after completing the first two years of their bachelor’s degree. The M.S. degree must be in a Natural Science major. For more information, contact the CNS Office of Student Affairs in the College of Natural Science Dean’s Office.