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2007-2008 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Biology, M.A.


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Associate Professor Daniel, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-6718, Peter.C.Daniel@Hofstra.edu

Graduates with a master’s degree pursue professional degrees in the health sciences, continue graduate work at the doctoral level, and find employment as lab technicians for hospitals and companies and as marine and wildlife specialists for governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Admission Requirements



  1. A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) in biology or closely related discipline. We expect that incoming students will have completed courses in molecular and cellular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, anatomy and physiology, as well as one year of mathematics, one year of physics and two years of chemistry. Any undergraduate deficiencies in the above must be rectified before enrolling in graduate courses where these courses are particularly relevant. Exceptions may be made with permission of the graduate director.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores.
  4. A written personal statement demonstrating rationale for pursuing graduate studies.
  5. Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential for graduate studies.

The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Students may consider applying even if they fail to meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 33



Graduate students are expected to receive a grade of B or better in their biology courses. All students should meet with the Graduate Program Director at least once each semester. Candidates must complete 33 semester hours of graduate work including an essay (BIO 303). At least 27 credits must be in biology courses numbered 200 or higher including 305A and 305B (Graduate Seminar); up to 6 credits of electives may be chosen with permission of the Graduate Director.

Students may complete a general biology course of study and choose any course from the departmental offerings or they may pursue concentrations in marine and freshwater biology or in cell and molecular biology.

Cell and Molecular Biology


This concentration allows the student to focus on aspects of biology that are especially pertinent to biotechnology. Emphasis is on cell and molecular biology, genetics, cell culture, laboratory use of microcomputers and general laboratory techniques. Students are encouraged to take 18 semester hours from the following courses.

  • BIO 2139 - Techniques in Molecular Biology, 3 s.h.

Marine and Freshwater Biology


This concentration enables students to focus their studies on aspects of marine and freshwater biology. All students are expected to complete their essay (BIO 303) on a subject related to marine or freshwater biology. Students are encouraged to take 18 semester hours from the following courses.

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