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Biology MS

Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point ratio.
  2. At least 24 semester hours in biology and a general program, including related scientific subjects, that 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.
  3. Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or Dental Admission Test (DAT), taken within the last five years. (The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a master's degree.)
  4. Three letters of recommendation.

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

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

  1. A minimum of 32 credits, the equivalent of one year of full-time study beyond the undergraduate degree, is required for the Master of Science degree in biology.
  2. A minimum of 21 credits must be biology courses, 12 of which must be completed within the department of biological and allied health sciences of the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences.
  3. Specialized areas of concentration include:
    • biology education
    • business
    • chemistry
    • psychology
  4. A minimum of 10 credits may include graduate courses from business, chemistry, education or psychology, as approved by the graduate program director. Students should note that Silberman College of Business courses taken by MS students in biology also may fulfill preliminary requirements for an MBA
  5. A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from other institutions, with the approval of the graduate program director.
  6. Students must consult the graduate program director or department chair when registering for courses.
  7. A cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 (B) is required for graduation. If a grade lower than B is attained, the student will be placed on notice. If a grade in the C range is earned, the student will be warned that any additional grade below a B will result in dismissal from the program.
  8. Students have the option of completing their degrees with or without a research and thesis option.

Students who select the research and thesis option must declare their intent before registering beyond 15 credits and must begin preliminary work with a mentor. Students electing the research and thesis option must complete the 6-credit sequence consisting of:

 BIOL7803 Research and Thesis I and
 BIOL7804 Research and Thesis II.

The thesis topic must be presented to and approved by the graduate faculty. The thesis must be written in the prescribed form and submitted for review by members of the graduate faculty. A thesis defense must be scheduled and the thesis successfully defended as a requirement of graduation.

Students who do not select the research and thesis option must complete two additional biology courses in lieu of
 BIOL7803 Research and Thesis I and
 BIOL7804 Research and Thesis II.

Get credits, course descriptions, and schedules for all courses on this page.


Undergraduate Students

Senior undergraduate students with a 3.00 grade point ratio (GPR) may take graduate courses for undergraduate credit with permission of the instructor.

Concentration in Business Areas

This curriculum is designed to enable biology graduate students to have a concentration in the business areas of either management, marketing or finance.

Curriculum Requirements

The same 20-credit requirement as for the Master of Science degree in biology and 12 credits of business courses taken as a unit concentration. Courses may not be selected at random from the three areas of concentration. An adviser from the College of Business Administration must be consulted.

Management

  • MGMT5522 Organizational Behavior
  • PHAR6605 The Pharmaceutical Industry: Structure and Government Regulations
  • PHAR6615 Pharmaceutical Marketing and Product Development

Marketing

  • ECON5510 Economic Analysis
  • MKTG5532 Marketing Concepts
  • PHAR6605 The Pharmaceutical Industry: Structure and Government Regulations
  • PHAR6615 Pharmaceutical Marketing and Product Development

Financial

  • ACCT5521 Financial Accounting: An End-user Approach
  • FIN5531 Financial Analysis
  • PHAR6605 The Pharmaceutical Industry: Structure and Government Regulations
  • FIN6801 Seminar in Corporate Finance: Mergers and Licensing in the Pharmaceutical-Chemical Industry

Concentration in Education

For those allied health professionals interested in teaching in their professions, FDU offers a BS in biology with an education concentration. A master's student would take at least 21 graduate credits in biology and at least 12 credits in education.