Biology, M.S.

 

The Department of Biology offers the Master of Science degree in Biology. Students completing the M.S. degree at Fredonia often go on to Ph.D. programs at major research universities, earn entry into professional programs (e.g., medical school), or obtain positions in education, industry or government.

The degree comprises 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework with both a Thesis and Comprehensive Exam option available. Appropriate courses are chosen after consultation with the student’s advisor and graduate committee. For Thesis option students, the Department of Biology recommends in-depth study in the student's thesis area.  For Comprehensive Exam option students, the Department of Biology recommends broad training in biology including cell and molecular, ecology and evolution, organismal and population biology coursework.


Thesis Option Program Outline

  • Graduate Seminar (three semesters)

  • Graduate Research Methods

  • Graduate Science Communication

  • Graduate Courses in Biology (18 credit hours)

  • Thesis Research

  • Written Proposal and Proposal Defense

  • 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. Faculty research interests include animal behavior, applied human physiology, aquatic biology, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology and evolution, immunology/microbiology, invertebrate biology, molecular biology, plant physiology, plant biology, and vertebrate physiology. You can find further information (including contact information) on the Biology Department website.


Comprehensive Exam Option Program Outline

  • Graduate Seminar (three semesters)

  • Graduate Research Methods

  • Graduate Science Communication

  • Graduate Courses in Biology (18 credit hours)

  • Graduate Electives (any department)

  • Final Comprehensive Exam

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 30

 

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.

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 

 

Contacts


Dr. Karry Kazial
Program Coordinator
Karry.Kazial@fredonia.edu

Department of Biology Website

 

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