The Master of Science in Biology provides students with a solid and comprehensive background in the field of biological sciences, including molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, genetics, microbiology, human biology and developmental biology. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared 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 (providing the student holds the appropriate New York state teaching certificate). The small class size, and close working relationships with the advisor and advisory committee are ideal for students seeking a rigorous graduate education in a small-college atmosphere. A limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships are available.
At The College at Brockport, a Master of Science in Biology may be obtained under one of three plans (Plan I, Plan II, or PSM). Students must select a plan by the end of their first semester.
A traditional program requiring a thesis based on original research. Students considering further graduate study or employment in government or private laboratories are encouraged to enroll in this plan.
A non-thesis program designed primarily for individuals who are employed full time and desire a more flexible course of study than that of Plan I. This plan requires an independent research experience. Plan I students may not switch to Plan II; however, Plan II students may switch to Plan I.
The curriculum for the PSM is similar to the Plan II Master's in Biology. Like Plan II, the PSM is a non-thesis degree. It targets students who are interested in working in biotechnology, particular at the interface between the research scientists and management. The PSM is also an ideal degree for individuals who are currently working in industry but would like to advance their careers with this interdisciplinary degree. The major differences between the PSM and the Plan II Master's are the inclusion of courses in management and business (the Plus Courses) and an internship in a science-based business, government or non-profit organization. The Plus Courses will feature business and management topics and analytical concepts that will provide students with the background necessary to interface with research scientists and upper management in scientific organizational settings. The internship is taken in the second year, after the student has completed the Plus Courses. The knowledge obtained in these courses will be applied in a real-life setting during the internship.
Admission to the MS in Biology 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. Therefore, it is important that applicants to the MS in Biology program contact potential advisors during the application process. Potential advisors should be faculty members with research or teaching interests similar to the applicant's. Applicants should list potential major advisors (including those faculty members they already have contacted) in a cover letter accompanying their application materials. Visit the program's website to find out more about the research interests and background of potential faculty advisors.
The applicant should have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution, including 18 credits of biology. 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.
Applicants admitted to the program may be required by their Advisory Committee to take courses at the undergraduate level to remove any deficiencies. These courses must be included in the Plan of Study, but they will not be credited towards the master's degree. Such courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis with the consent of the instructor and the candidate's Advisory Committee.
For further information about applying to this program, please contact the Graduate School.
An introductory course in statistics is required. On a case-by-case basis, the faculty will allow this requirement to be fulfilled in the first semester of the program. In such cases the students would be offered conditional admission.
Sample two-year curriculum:
The graduate coordinator assigns a temporary advisor to the student to guide the selection of courses in the first semester. The student must select a faculty member to act as a permanent major advisor by the middle of the first semester. The candidate and major advisor request the assistance of two faculty members to constitute the candidate's Advisory Committee to guide the student through the degree program. Upon completion of one academic year or its equivalent, the candidate's progress is reviewed by the Advisory Committee.
It is the responsibility of the candidate's Advisory Committee to:
"Students who are deemed as not making progress toward the degree, as defined by published departmental policy, may be dismissed from the program." (Faculty Senate Resolution #3, February 1992). The departmental Handbook for Graduate Studies available from the Department of Biology provides criteria for continuing in the biological sciences program. These criteria include:
Successful fulfillment of these requirements will be determined by the candidate's Advisory Committee.
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