Biology (MS)

Biology (MS)

Degree Offered: Master of Science in Biology

Campus Location

Main Campus

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Program Description:

The MS in biology is a 30-credit degree program that is designed to assist students in attaining a balanced knowledge of advanced biology with an emphasis on critical thinking and independent study and research. Lecture, discussion, laboratory exercises, assigned readings, and reports present the status and importance of current research from current literature. The program offers students several areas of emphasis in general biology, physiology, ecology, or biotechnology. The program provides a solid background for further graduate study toward a doctorate in biology or related fields, provides teachers with additional experience in the theory and practice of biology, and trains biologists to pursue applied fields such as electron microscopy, tissue culture, ecology, pollution control, and biotechnology. The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree, preferably in biology or a related major. Applicant should have had at least one course each in general biology and genetics.
  • At least one year each of chemistry, physics, and mathematics (including a semester of calculus). Students who do not fulfill the above two requirements can make up appropriate courses with permission of the graduate committee.
  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  • Graduate Record Examination is waived for students who graduated from William Paterson University with a biology degree with at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation that attest to applicant’s academic qualifications.
  • International students must also take a GRE subject test in biology or biochemistry cell and molecular biology. Also, students applying from countries where English is not the language of instruction should have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and provide a recognized translation of their degrees and transcripts.

Program Requirements:

  • 30 credits of graduate study
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale
MS in Biology30 credits
Option I: Thesis Degree 30 credits
Required Courses 10-13 credits
BIO 5330 Research Methods in Biology 4
BIO 7990 Thesis Research 3-6
One of the following (by advisement)
BIO 7100 Seminar in Molecular Biology 3
BIO 7400 Seminar in Organismic Biology 3
BIO 7700 Seminar in Ecology 3
Elective Courses* 17-20 credits
Choose from the following:
BIO 5030 Advanced Ecology 4
BIO 5040 Parasitology 3
BIO 5110 Physiology of Human Reproduction and Fertility 3
BIO 5130 Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 5220 Human Physiology 3
BIO 5240 Molecular Biology 3
BIO 5270 Endocrinology 3
BIO 5300 Biotechnology: DNA 4
BIO 5310 Biotechnology: Cell Culture 4
BIO 5360 The Neural Basis of Behavior 3
BIO 5400 Immunology 3
BIO 5410 Virology 3
BIO 5420 Aquatic Ecology 4
BIO 5440 Evolution 3
BIO 5460 Advanced Pathophysiology ** 3
NUR 5460 Advanced Pathophysiology
BIO 5600 Pharmacology 3
BIO 5700 Bioethics and Society 3
BIO 5750 Population Biology 3
BIO 5840 Scanning Electron Microscopy 4
BIO 5850 Transmission Electron Microscopy 4
BIO 5990 Selected Topics 3
BIO 6240 Advanced Molecular Biology 3
BIO 6310 Biotechnology: Gene Expression 4
BIO 6320 Biotechnology: Proteins 4
BIO 7000 Graduate Independent Study*** 1-4
BIO 7010 Graduate Independent Reading*** 2
BIO 7020 Graduate Independent Reading*** 3
*Up to two 4000-level courses may be accepted towards degree with approval of the graduate program director.
**This course is intended for students enrolled in the graduate program in nursing. Biology students may enroll only with the permission of the graduate program director or biology department chairperson.
***A maximum of 4 credits from BIO 7000, 7010, and 7020 courses will be accepted toward the master’s degree.
Option II: Non-Thesis Degree 30 credits
Required Courses 10 credits
BIO 5330 Research Methods in Biology 4
One of the following (by advisement):
BIO 7100 Seminar in Molecular Biology 3
BIO 7400 Seminar in Organismic Biology 3
BIO 7700 Seminar in Ecology 3
One of the following:
BIO 7000 Graduate Independent Study 3
BIO 7010, 7020 Graduate Independent Reading 2-3
Elective Courses 20-21 credits
Choose from the following:
BIO 5030 Advanced Ecology 4
BIO 5040 Parasitology 3
BIO 5110 Physiology of Human Reproduction and Fertility 3
BIO 5130 Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 5220 Human Physiology 3
BIO 5240 Molecular Biology 3
BIO 5270 Endocrinology 3
BIO 5300 Biotechnology: DNA 4
BIO 5310 Biotechnology: Cell Culture 4
BIO 5360 The Neural Basis of Behavior 3
BIO 5400 Immunology 3
BIO 5410 Virology 3
BIO 5420 Aquatic Ecology 4
BIO 5440 Evolution 3
BIO 5460 Advanced Pathophysiology ** 3
NUR 5460 Advanced Pathophysiology
BIO 5600 Pharmacology 3
BIO 5700 Bioethics and Society 3
BIO 5750 Population Biology 3
BIO 5840 Scanning Electron Microscopy 4
BIO 5850 Transmission Electron Microscopy 4
BIO 5990 Selected Topics 3
BIO 6240 Advanced Molecular Biology 3
BIO 6310 Biotechnology: Gene Expression 4
BIO 6320 Biotechnology: Proteins 4
*Up to two 4000-level courses may be accepted towards degree with approval of the graduate coordinator.
**This course is intended for students enrolled in the graduate program in nursing. Biology students may enroll only with the permission of the graduate program director or biology department chairperson.