M.S. in Biology


Admission Requirements
  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a 3.00 cumulative grade point ratio and at least 24 semester hours in biology and a general program, including related scientific subjects, which would be equivalent to the biology major program offered for the Bachelor of Science degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Students who are deficient in some subject, but whose records are otherwise superior, may make up their deficiencies while they are enrolled in the graduate program.
  2. Undergraduate academic attainment in biology, which meets with the approval of the graduate biology faculty.
  3. Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the last five years. (The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a master's degree.)
  4. Three letters of recommendations.

Applicants who have not completed all requirements for admission to the degree program may be permitted to enroll in classes for credit on a non-matriculated or non-degree basis

Program Curriculum:
  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 credits in the courses approved for a graduate major in biology. A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from another institution with the permission of the school director. In addition, courses may be taken in other colleges and campuses of the University, with the director's permission.

  2. Before a student may register beyond 9 credits, he or she is required to obtain a biology adviser. The adviser will help the student select courses most appropriate for the student's needs and interests. Ideally, the student will select a faculty member in the area of interest most closely paralleling his or her own. This faculty member also may serve as the student's mentor.

  3. Students have the option of completing their degrees with or without a research option. Students electing to do the research and the thesis option must take the 4-credit sequence consisting of: 

    BIOL 7803                        Research and Thesis I              (2) credits 

    BIOL 7804                        Research and Thesis II             (2) credits

  4. BIOL 6900 Biology Seminar I and BIOL 6901 Biology Seminar II are required 1 credit courses and must be taken in the fall and spring semester

For more Information

Dr. Marion McClary
Professor of Biological Sciences
Co-Director, School of Natural Sciences
Voice: 201-692-2606
E-mail: mcclary@fdu.edu

Degree Requirements - M.S. in Biology

Required Biology Courses (32 credits)
* with or without research option

BIOL6900     Biology Seminar I
BIOL6901     Biology Seminar II

Graduate Biology Courses (30 credits) Choose from the following:

BIOL6705     Advances in Cell Biology
BIOL6724     Human Genetics 
BIOL6740     Molecular Endocrinology 
BIOL5306     Immunology
BIOL6725     Human Evolution
BIOL6728     Bioethics
BIOL6733     Enzymology
BIOL6240/41     Cell Biology Lab & Lecture
BIOL6761     Advances in Microbiology
BIOL6771     Behavioral Ecology
BIOL6775     Physiological Ecology
BIOL6743/44    Topics in Bioinformatics 
BIOL6845/46     Molecular Biology Techniques Lecture & Lab
BIOL6779     Darwinian Medicine
BIOL6892     Human Physiology
BIOL6888     Physiology of Disease
ENVR6569    Wetland and Watershed Resources
ENVR6552    Environmental Risk Assessment
BIOL7803     Research & Thesis I *
BIOL7804     Research & Thesis II *

These courses may include additional graduate biology courses, independent studies or other graduate chemistry or science courses that would fulfill a student's specific needs as approved by the graduate advisor and director for the Master of Science in Biology.