Master of Science in Biology

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Department of Biology

The objectives of this program are to prepare students for doctoral studies and for professional careers in biology. The program emphasis is ecology and environmental science but open to any area within biology. Program quality is particularly enhanced by the facilities, opportunities for study, and research activities at the Biological Field Station in Cooperstown NY. This site provides students with a research complex that contains several multipurpose and analytical laboratories, two lakefront docks, boats, sampling equipment and access to over 2,600 acres of woodlands, bogs, marshes and ponds.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option

At least 30 s.h. of approved courses beyond the baccalaureate degree including: BIOL501 Experimental Design, BIOL617 Advanced Biological Literacy, BIOL678 Advanced Quantitative Methods, BIOL695 Seminar, and a minimum of 3 s.h. of BIOL698 Thesis.

Minimum GPA of 3.0.

Diagnostic Examination.

 Research Thesis, with an Oral Presentation, Defense and Deposition.

Non-Thesis Option

At least 30 s.h. of approved courses beyond the baccalaureate degree including: BIOL501 Experimental Design, BIOL617 Advanced Biological Literacy, BIOL678 Advanced Quantitative Methods, BIOL695 Seminar, and a minimum of 3 s.h. of BIOL696 Directed Research or BIOL699 Independent Study.

Minimum GPA of 3.0.

Diagnostic Examination.

Project write-up, Oral Presentation, and Defense.

Admission Requirements:

All students applying for admission to degree status are required to:

  • Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee. Application fee waived for SUNY Oneonta Alumni
  • Provide evidence of completion of a Bachelor’s degree in biology or a functionally related area. With at least 25 s.h. in biology and 6 s.h. in chemistry. Students not meeting these requirements may be admitted on the condition that undergraduate deficiencies be made up.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation to be from a SUNY Oneonta Biology faculty member indicating a willingness to serve as advisor.
  • Submit a written statement explaining the purpose/goal for seeking the degree.

Application deadline: Rolling Admission (fall, spring and summer).
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