May 22, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Biology, MA


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Associate Professor Santangelo, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-6178

Our integrative biology graduate programs recognize that today’s biology requires an approach that draws on studies from molecules to ecosystems, and therefore that our students need a broad range of experience and breadth of knowledge. Through course work and seminars, students learn how to integrate information from the various biology subdisciplines (molecular genetics to evolution) and levels (sub-cellular to biospheric) in order to understand and ask fundamental questions about cells, organisms, species, and ecology. Graduates with master’s degrees pursue professional degrees in the health sciences, continue graduate work at the doctoral level, and find employment as marine, wildlife, and ecology specialists and educators for governmental and nongovernmental organizations and as lab technicians for hospitals and in industry.

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. GRE General Test scores or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.
  4. A written personal statement demonstrating rationale for pursuing the MA.
  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 maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.  All students should meet with the graduate program director at least once each semester.  Candidates must complete 33 semester hours of graduate work.  At least 24 credits must be in biology courses numbered 200 or higher  including BIO 305 - Graduate Seminar  which is to be taken twice; up to 9 s.h. of electives may be chosen outside the department of biology with permission of the graduate director.  After completion of course work, students must pass a comprehensive exam.  The exam will be based on content from graduate courses taken at Hofstra and be administered by the faculty of these courses. 

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.

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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