Overall Description of the Plan I Program

Structure: A traditional thesis-based Master's program incorporating original experimental research, which is designed for students interested in pursuing basic research or teaching in their careers. This program is ideal for individuals planning to enter a PhD program, medical or dental schools; work in academic, industrial or government research laboratories; or teach biologically related courses at the community college level or at the K-12 grade level.

Program Expectations : (1) A written thesis based on original investigation. (2) Completion of a total of 30 to 39 credits constituted as follows. No less than 15 credits of biological sciences courses at the 600 level or above (may include a maximum of 6 credits of thesis research, and a maximum of 6 credits of independent study; and at least one credit of graduate seminar). (3) Detailed information on the requirements and regulations governing comprehensive and thesis exams are presented in the Handbook for Graduate Students, available from the departmental secretary.

Overall Description of the Plan II Program

Structure: A non thesis-based program that is designed for, but not restricted to, teachers, medical technologists, lab technicians and other fully employed persons. This plan permits a more flexible course of study and is ideal for individuals seeking to advance their careers by furthering their training in molecular and cell biology. Plan I students may not switch to Plan II but Plan II students may switch to Plan I.

Program Expectations : (1) A written report or other based on original investigation. (2) Completion of a total of 34 to 39 credits constituted as follows. No less than 15 credits of biological sciences courses at the 600 level or above (may include a maximum of 6 credits of independent research, and a maximum of 6 credits of independent study; and at least one credit of graduate seminar). (3) Detailed information on the requirements and regulations governing comprehensive and thesis exams are presented in the Handbook for Graduate Students, available from the departmental secretary.

Career Opportunities in Research, Medicine and Teaching

A number of career opportunities are available for graduates of the Plan I program. Our graduates have gained acceptance into PhD and MD programs. Other have gained employment in research science positions in laboratories applying biotechnology to resolve problems in medicine, industry and agriculture; the regulation of drug approval and other biotech applications; and management positions in biomedical organizations.

Graduate Assistantships

The Biology Department offers a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships on a competitive basis. The assistantship consists of a stipend and two semesters of tuition remission. The duty of the teaching assistant involves serving as instructors in laboratory sections associated with courses offered by the department. In addition to their duty, graduate teaching assistants are expected to maintain a full-time schedule of classes and research activity. Visit the graduate assistantship webpage to learn more.

Admission

Requirements: The applicant should have completed a baccalaureate degree, including 18 credits of biology at an accredited institution (see Graduate Admission website for more details). The student should have a background in the natural and physical sciences appropriate to his or her research interests, both in course work and laboratory skills. Admitted applicants may be required to take courses at the undergraduate level to remove any deficiencies.

Advisor Selection: Admission to the MS in Biological Sciences program is dependent not only upon the candidate's qualifications but also on the willingness of a faculty member to act as the major advisor for the candidate. It is therefore important that applicants to the MS in Biological Sciences program contact potential advisors during the application process. Applicants should list potential major advisors in a cover letter accompanying their application materials. Visit the program's website at www.brockport.edu/biology/faculty to find out more about the research interests and background of potential faculty advisors.

Application Deadlines: Applications must be received by November 15 for Spring Semester matriculation and by July 15 for Fall Semsester matriculation. Please note: To be eligible for a teaching assistantship, the deadline is earlier.

Application Procedure: (1) First, go to the department catalog webpage to find out what materials (letters, transcripts etc.) you need to gather together. (2) Second, go to the college application webpage to complete the on-line application form.

For Program Information

  • Huey Hing, PhD
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • The College at Brockport
  • 350 New Campus Drive
  • Brockport, NY 14420
  • Tel: (585) 395-5742
  • Email: hhing@brockport.edu

For Admission Information

  • Office of Graduate Studies
  • The College of Brockport
  • 350 New Campus Drive
  • Brockport, NY 14420
  • Tel: (585) 395-2525
  • Email: gradadmit@brockport.edu
  • Web: www.brockport.edu/graduate