The Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU) is a space-grant and sea-grant public university located in Tallahassee, Florida, United States. It is a comprehensive doctoral research university with medical programs and significant research activity as determined by the Carnegie Foundation. The university comprises 15 separate colleges and 39 centers, facilities, labs and institutes that offer more than 300 programs of study, including professional programs. Florida State was officially established in 1851 and is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida. Florida State University was declared in 2010 to be a "Budget Ivy" university by the Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College. In 1935 Florida State University was awarded the first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in Florida and is among the ten percent of American universities to have earned a chapter of the national academic honor society.
Florida State University is one of two Florida public universities to qualify as a "preeminent university" by Florida senate bill 1076, signed in 2013. As a result of this legislation, the preeminent universities now receive additional funding that is intended to improve the academics and national reputation of higher education within the state of Florida. As one of Florida's primary graduate research universities, Florida State University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees each year. In 2007, the Florida Legislature allowed Florida State and the University of Florida to charge 40% higher tuition than other institutions in the State University System of Florida.
The Florida State University is also home to nationally ranked programs in many academic areas, including the sciences, engineering, social policy, film, music, theater, dance, visual art, business, political science, psychology, social work, medicine, and law. Florida State is home to Florida's only National Laboratory – the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and is the birthplace of the commercially viable anti-cancer drug Taxol. The university is also known for its undergraduate study abroad options: according to Uni in the USA, "the large numbers of students that study abroad nicely compliment the students that study here from abroad."
The Department of Biological Science offers an undergraduate biology major. Although not required to do so by the department, biological science majors may choose to concentrate their biology elective hours in a particular sub-discipline of biology (i.e., "academic track"). Academic tracks are defined as groupings of departmental courses within a traditional or contemporary sub-discipline of biology that may be used to tailor the degree requirements to student interests. Currently, the Department of Biological Science offers seven academic tracks in the following sub-disciplines of biology: Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science; Marine Biology; Physiology and Neuroscience; Plant Sciences; Pre-professional Health Sciences (including medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy and physician's assistant); and Zoology.
The Program in Marine Biology prepares undergraduate students to enter the workforce or graduate school in a marine-related field in basic or applied science, from conservation to natural resource management. The highlight of the program is an undergraduate research experience that provides hands-on internships in marine biology with a marine scientist as a mentor. The goal is to increase the student’s awareness of the critical importance of our ocean and coastal ecosystems and the challenges faced by those interested in protecting their health and ensuring their sustainability. Never was the need for this kind of training more keenly felt than when the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in the spring of 2010. Only students who have declared biology as a major can apply to the Program in Marine Biology and Living Marine Resource Ecology. Students typically apply during their sophomore year. It is easy to do. Just fill out the online application form and hit “send.”
Undergraduate tuition: $3800/year in-state; $17,544/year out-of-state. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Students should complete the FAFSA annually to be eligible for aid.
The Florida State University Department of Biological Science offers Masters and Doctoral degree training in a broad range of biological research areas. The graduate is organized into three divisions, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neuroscience; each division conducts its own admissions and guides its students to the completion of their degrees. Students are selected from a competitive applicant pool and supported for the duration of their studies with stipends and tuition waivers. During their training, students have access to excellent laboratory research facilities and opportunities for field and marine studies. Recent graduates of the program have been very successful in obtaining academic, research, industrial, and professional positions nationally and internationally. We strongly encourage direct contact between potential applicants and individual faculty in the program to explore mutual interests in research training opportunities.
Florida State University and Florida A&M College of Engineering offer a graduate program in Biomedical Engineering. Currently, biomedical engineering is the most rapidly growing graduate engineering discipline in the U.S. The overall goal of this program is to implement education and research in biomedical engineering that will prepare graduates for industrial, governmental, and academic careers in the bioengineering, biotechnology, and related professions. The graduate program in biomedical engineering (BME) promotes a special emphasis in cellular and tissue engineering. Advanced engineering, medical, chemistry, physics, and biology students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills that will allow them to contribute to improved technology in health and medical care and to solve real-world engineering problems in biology and medicine, both in educational and industrial settings.
The Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine is designed to train modern biomedical scientists who take advantage of genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and other contemporary approaches to address questions of developmental, cell, and molecular biology related to human health. The Program is appropriate for students with majors in biochemistry, biology or other health-related fields. Three broad areas of research are emphasized: development, neuroscience and the molecular basis of human disease. Research rotations during the first year allow students to make an informed choice of the research area and major professor with whom they will conduct their Ph. D. work. A core curriculum of the fundamentals, the choice of electives from other departments and intellectual interaction with faculty and post doctoral fellows, encourage graduate students to mature into independent scientists.
Graduate tuition: $8421/year in-state; $22853/year out-of-state. All students admitted to the Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences programs receive full financial support, including a stipend and tuition reimbursement.
Applied - 28,313
Admitted - 16,561 58%
Enrolled total - 6,135
Full Time: - 6,105
Part Time - 30
Test - 25th % - 75th %
SAT Reading - 550 - 650
SAT Math - 560 - 640
SAT Writing - 0 - 0
ACT Composite - 25 - 28
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate - 92%
4-year graduation rate - 47%
6-year graduation rate - 71%
Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Biological Sciences (BS)
Biological Sciences (MS/PhD)
Biomedical Engineering (MS/PhD)
Biomedical Sciences (PhD)
Graduate: December 1st
Applications are available online at: http://admissions.fsu.edu/