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Maureen Leupold

The Master of Science in Biology provides a solid and comprehensive background in the field of biology, including molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, genetics, microbiology, human biology, and developmental biology

Program Design and Requirements

The MS may be obtained by completing one of three differing plans of study.

  • Plan I is a thesis-based master’s program that incorporates original experimental research and equips students with strong laboratory research and critical thinking skills, as well as knowledge in molecular and cellular biology.
  • Plan II is a non-thesis-based master’s program that permits a more flexible course of study. The program is ideal for persons employed as teachers, medical technologists, and lab technicians, and it requires an independent research experience.
  • Professional Science Master is an interdisciplinary non-thesis master’s program for students interested in working in positions that interface between research and management. This unique program provides students with laboratory skills, as well as knowledge in marketing and management.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree including 18 credits of biology from an accredited college or university
  • Background in the natural and physical sciences appropriate to student’s research interests, both in course work and laboratory skills
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of objectives
  • A writing sample that illustrates scientific writing skills

Application Deadlines

  • June 15 for the summer session
  • July 15 for the fall semester
  • November 15 for the spring semester

Career Opportunities

  • Doctoral study: PhD, MD, and DMD
  • Education: PreK-12 and Higher Education
  • Research science positions in laboratories applying biotechnology to resolve problems in medicine, industry, and agriculture, and the regulation of drug approval
  • Management positions in biomedical organizations

Internships and Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Biology offers a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships on a competitive basis.

Internships for the PSM are taken in the second year of study after the student has completed all Plus Courses.

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Program Contact

Adam Rich

Adam Rich, PhD
Graduate Program Director
(585) 395-5740

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Last Updated 3/20/15