Jul 29, 2021  
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Integrative Biology, MA


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Associate Professor Krause, 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 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.  At least 27 credits must be in biology courses numbered 200 or higher  including BIO 305 - Graduate Seminar ; up to 9 s.h. of electives may be chosen with permission of the graduate director.  After completion of course work, students must pass (≥ 80 %) a comprehensive written exam.  The exam will be based on a selection of essay questions from each graduate course taken at Hofstra.  Questions will be submitted and graded by the faculty instructor of the relevant course.

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