Graduate Studies

Whether your interests are in teaching, pre-medicine, molecular biology, ecology or any branch of biology, there is a program at Fredonia that will meet your needs. 

The Department of Biology offers the Master of Science degree in Biology. Faculty research interests include animal behavior, applied human physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology and evolution, immunology/microbiology, invertebrate biology, molecular biology, plant physiology, plant biology, and vertebrate physiology. Students completing the M.S. degree at Fredonia often go on to Ph.D. programs at major research universities or obtain positions in education, industry or government.

These programs serve to prepare students for admission to Ph.D. programs in the biological and biomedical sciences, professional careers in the public and private sectors, technical work in education, medical and environmental settings, and teaching at the secondary education and two-year college levels.


Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in the Life Sciences earning a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or above and demonstrate the requisite evidence of training and the motivation necessary to succeed in graduate study.
  • Supporting science background includes physics, statistics or calculus, and organic chemistry.
  • The General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. Applicants should have GRE scores forwarded to SUNY Fredonia.
  • At least two current (within the last 6 months) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to assess the applicant's academic background in Life Sciences is required.
  • A completed graduate application


Program Requirements

The degree comprises 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework with both a thesis and non-thesis option available.

 arrow Thesis Option Program Outline

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required, as follows:

  • Seminar (three semesters)
  • Biology Courses (at least 21 credit hours)
  • Written Proposal and Proposal Defense
  • Thesis Research
  • Written Thesis and Thesis Defense

Thesis Option applicants are required to have contacted a faculty member and obtained their approval for entry into their laboratory for thesis work. Without contact and approval from a faculty member your application will not be reviewed for acceptance into the Biology Graduate Program. You can find faculty interests and contact information on the Biology Department website

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 30


  arrow Non-Thesis Option Program Outline

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required, as follows:

  • Seminar (three semesters)
  • Biology courses*
  • Electives (any department)
  • Final Comprehensive Exam

    *BIOL 690-BIOL 691 may not be used toward the Non-Thesis Option.

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 30


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