Biology

M.S. in Biology


The M.S. in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional studies as well as for entering the job market. Students can pursue a general Masters degree or choose from one of three concentrations: molecular/cellular biology, microbiology or medical microbiology. Students choosing the general Masters degree design their course of study, with the approval of their advisor, and can vary from sustainability, ecology, systematics, environmental studies, or development biology.

Students may choose one of two pathways to complete the degree: (1) complete a research project under the advisement of one of the faculty members, and write and successfully defend a thesis based upon that research; or (2) take a comprehensive examination based upon the course work completed. The general Masters degree and the three concentrations have sets of required core courses (see Course of Study) which the student must complete; additional course work is completed from elective classes.

Students who elect to complete a thesis must complete a total of 30 credits (core plus electives). Students who elect to take the comprehensive examination must complete a total of 36 credits (core plus electives). For qualified students, financial aid packages are available in the form of graduate assistantships for teaching and research. These assistantships provide a stipend for the student and cover the cost of tuition for up to 9 credits per semester. Students can receive these assistantships for a maximum of four semesters.

A master of science degree can be used as a steppingstone for multiple career paths. Students may further their scientific pursuits by continuing on to earn a Ph.D. in the biological sciences. Alternatively, students may enter the work force and be employed in research laboratories in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, hospitals and federal and state agencies.

Successful graduates also may choose to enter medical, osteopathic, veterinary or dental schools to obtain professional degrees. In addition, students can choose from a wide variety of health related fields, such as physical therapy, nursing, genetic counseling, radiologic technology, to name a few. Biology majors are encouraged to develop specific career objectives while pursuing their graduate studies. Departmental advisers will assist students in exploring career possibilities and in devising a personalized plan of study that will best prepare them for their career goals.

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to this program you must:
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or greater
  • Have completed at the undergraduate level (1) six advanced courses in biology, (2) one year of college mathematics including at least one semester of calculus, (3) one year each of inorganic and organic chemistry, and (4) one year of college physics. Deficiencies in any of these qualifications may be removed during the first year of graduate study without credit.
  • International students: (1) Must complete the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree. (2) Submit all records translated into English and have the original record, or copies of the original, certified or attested to by an official of the school issuing the record, or by the Consulate/Ministry of Education of the issuing country. (3) Submit a course-by-course evaluation, completed by an acceptable international credential evaluation agency, for all transcripts/marksheets from colleges or universities outside of the United States. (4) Submit an official copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination.
  • Transfer students must present an overall grade point average of 3.0 and submit official transcripts for the attended college(s)
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission)
Submitting an Application for Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to LIU Brooklyn. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions website.

Fully matriculated students may begin their research projects after defending their thesis proposals before a committee of graduate biology faculty. An oral defense of the completed thesis before a committee of the graduate faculty of the department is required.

All graduate students are required to attend the regularly scheduled seminars given by the Department of Biology. Students will be responsible for answering comprehensive questions relating to those seminars that are relevant to their graduate courses.


Biology, Microbiology (Plan I)
The following courses are required:
BIO 536 Laboratory in Bacteriological and Molecular Techniques 1.00
BIO 537 Laboratory in Biochemistry and Computer Use 1.00
BIO 620 Biochemistry 3.00
BIO 641 Advanced Microbiology 3.00
BIO 642 Advanced Microbiology 4.00
BIO 695 General Virology 3.00
Student must complete either Option A or Option B.
Thesis Track (Option A):
The minimum credit requirement for thesis track (Option A) is 30 credits. In addition to the courses listed above (15 credits), the following is required:
• Thesis courses:
BIO 707 Research and Preparation of the Thesis 3.00
BIO 708 Research and Preparation of the Thesis 3.00
• A total of 9 credits in electives from graduate biology courses:
BIO 500-599 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 600-699 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 700-799 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
Internship maximum of 6 units
Comprehensive Exam Track (Option B):
The minimum credit requirement for comprehensive exam track (Option B) is 36 credits. In addition to the courses listed above (15 credits), the following is required:
• 21 credits from graduate biology courses:
BIO 500-599 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 600-699 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 700-799 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
Internship maximum of 6 units
Biology, Medical Microbiology (Plan II)
The following courses are required:
BIO 536 Laboratory in Bacteriological and Molecular Techniques 1.00
BIO 537 Laboratory in Biochemistry and Computer Use 1.00
BIO 620 Biochemistry 3.00
All of the following courses are required:
BIO 641 Advanced Microbiology 3.00
BIO 642 Advanced Microbiology 4.00
BIO 695 General Virology 3.00
BIO 697 Medical Microbiology 3.00
BIO 698 Medical Microbiology 4.00
BIO 703 Seminar in Microbiology 1.00
BIO 704 Seminar in Microbiology 1.00
Of the following courses only one (1) is required:
BIO 647 Immunology 4.00
BIO 648 Immunology 3.00
Student must complete either Option A or Option B.
Thesis Track (Option A):
The minimum credit requirement for thesis track (Option A) is 30 credits. In addition to the courses listed above (27 credits), the following course is required:
• Thesis courses:
BIO 707 Research and Preparation of the Thesis 3.00
Comprehensive Exam Track (Option B):
The minimum credit requirement for comprehensive exam track (Option B) is 36 credits. In addition to the courses listed above, the following is required:
• 9 credits of electives from graduate biology courses:
BIO 500-599 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 600-699 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 700-799 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
Internship maximum of 6 units
Biology, Molecular-Cellular Biology (Plan III)
The following courses are required:
BIO 536 Laboratory in Bacteriological and Molecular Techniques 1.00
BIO 537 Laboratory in Biochemistry and Computer Use 1.00
BIO 620 Biochemistry 3.00
The following courses are required:
BIO 550 Molecular and Cell Biology 2.00
BIO 551 Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory 2.00
Of the following courses only one (1) is required:
BIO 612 Cytology: The Nucleus 3.00
BIO 613 Cytology: The Cytoplasm 3.00
Of the following courses only one (1) is required:
BIO 609 Human Genetics 3.00
BIO 631 Genetics 3.00
Student must complete either Option A or Option B.
Thesis Track (Option A):
The minimum credit requirement for thesis track (Option A) is 30 credits. In addition to the courses listed above (15 credits), the following courses are required:
• Thesis courses:
BIO 707 Research and Preparation of the Thesis 3.00
BIO 708 Research and Preparation of the Thesis 3.00
• 9 credits of electives from graduate biology courses:
BIO 500-599 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 600-699 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 700-799 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
Internship maximum of 6 units
Comprehensive Exam Track (Option B):
The minimum credit requirement for comprehensive exam track (Option B) is 36 credits. In addition to the courses listed above, the following is required:
• 9 credits of electives from graduate biology courses:
BIO 500-599 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 600-699 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 700-799 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
Internship maximum of 6 units
Biology, General Biology (Plan IV)
The following courses are required:
BIO 701 Biology Seminar 1.00
BIO 702 Biology Seminar 1.00
The following courses are required:
In addition, all students must take a minimum of 11 credits (Option A - See below) or 17 credits (Option B - See below) from the foundation courses listed below.
BIO 503 Modern Concepts of Evolution 3.00
BIO 505 Biostatistics 3.00
BIO 536 Laboratory in Bacteriological and Molecular Techniques 1.00
BIO 537 Laboratory in Biochemistry and Computer Use 1.00
BIO 608 Ecology 3.00
BIO 613 Cytology: The Cytoplasm 3.00
BIO 620 Biochemistry 3.00
BIO 622 Effective Communication in Science 3.00
BIO 625 Plant Molecular Biology 3.00
BIO 631 Genetics 3.00
BIO 692 Molecular Biology 3.00
Students must complete either Option A or Option B.
Thesis Track (Option A):
The minimum credit requirement for thesis track (Option A) is 30 credits. In addition to the courses listed above (13 credits), the following courses are required:
• Thesis courses:
BIO 707 Research and Preparation of the Thesis 3.00
BIO 708 Research and Preparation of the Thesis 3.00
• 11 credits of electives from graduate biology courses:
BIO 500-599 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 600-699 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 700-799 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
Internship maximum of 6 units
Comprehensive Exam Track (Option B):
The minimum credit requirement for comprehensive exam track (Option B) is 36 credits. In addition to the courses listed above (19 credits), the following is required:
• 7 credits of electives from graduate biology courses:
BIO 500-599 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 600-699 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
BIO 700-799 all BIO Subjects listed in Biology section
Internship maximum of 6 units
Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Credits (Thesis Option): 30
  • Minimum Credits (Comprehensive Exam Option): 36
  • Minimum Major GPA: 3.00

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean