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Biology

Masters Program

 MASTERS PROGRAM (M.S.)

The Master's degree is granted by the City College and has both a research thesis and non-thesis track.

 

Entrance Requirements

Entering students need not have been undergraduate Biology majors if they have completed the required coursework or have high scores on the Biology GRE subject test. The GRE general test is recommended but not required of applicants. We recommend entering students should have completed the following courses in science with at least a B average:
◊ 16 credits in Biology
◊ 8 credits in General Chemistry
◊ 4 credits in Organic Chemistry
◊ 8 credits in Physics
◊ 8 credits in Calculus and/or Statistics


Foreign students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam and score at least 550 (pBT), 75 (iBT)).


Degree Requirements

Thesis Option
Required Courses:
◊ V9100: Colloquium (1 credit each) 2 credits
◊ B9901 Thesis Research 3 credits
◊ B9902 Thesis Research 3 credits

Elective Courses:
◊ Graduate courses in an approved area of specialization 12 credits
◊ Additional elective courses 10 credits
Total Credits for Thesis Option: 30

The thesis option also requires submission and defense of an original, independent and publishable research project. The details of the project and thesis are to be arranged with a mentor and research committee.

Comprehensive Exam Option
Required Courses:
◊ V9100: Colloquium (1 credit each) 2
Elective Courses*:
◊ Graduate courses in an approved area of specialization 12 credits
◊ Additional elective courses 20 credits
(*May include up to 6 credits of Tutorial or Advanced Study: V9200-V9205)
Total Credits for Thesis Option 34

The comprehensive exam option requires an exam with both written and oral components. The exam is organized through consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee.