Biology, MS - Thesis Option Sample Degree Map

The Master of Science in Biology program requires completion of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses. Thesis and Comprehensive Exam options are available.

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA 2.75 (3.0 preferred)
  • Online application
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Intent
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Undergraduate transcripts

Background Preparation

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Life Science from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated motivation and training needed to succeed in graduate study
  • Supporting science background includes physics, statistics, calculus and organic chemistry

Enrolling in a graduate education degree at Fredonia will give you the opportunity to gain advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge. Studying with engaged faculty and participating in applied learning experiences prepare you to meet challenges and be successful in your profession. This degree plan map provides a sample pathway to graduation, and it can be used as a guide and a checklist for degree requirements. For complete information about this program, please consult the university catalog at:

Who to contact

Dr. Karry Kazial

More Information

Biology M.S.web:

Sample Degree Plan

First Semester

Course Credits
BIOL 534 Animal Behavior 3
BIOL 511 Graduate Research Methods 3
BIOL 590 Graduate Seminar 1
BIOL 690 Thesis Research* 0

Second Semester

Course Credits
BIOL 550 Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 521 Graduate Science Communication 3
BIOL 590 Graduate Seminar 1
BIOL 690 Thesis Research* 0

Third Semester

Course Credits
BIOL 524 Aquatic Biology 3
BIOL 550 Biological Conservation 3
BIOL 690 Thesis Research* 0

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
BIOL 547 Evolution 3
BIOL 550 Plant Taxonomy 3
BIOL 590 Graduate Seminar 1
BIOL 690 Thesis Research 3


* BIOL 690 can be taken from 0 to 2 credits.  If more credits are taken, the program's total credits can range from 30 to 36 credit hours.

This Sample Degree Map is based on the requirements published in the University Catalog.

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