Department of Biology

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Programs

Undergraduate

You can choose among Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution (BEE), Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Biotechnology, and Life Science Education for your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. You will build a strong foundation in biology, and be encouraged to take part in primary research in ongoing laboratory and field projects.

An academic adviser will help you take pre-requisites and courses on the correct timetable.

Use degree maps and course flowcharts to aid in planning coursework during your time at SCSU.

Minors

Pre-Professional Advising

Graduate

The Master’s program in Biology (M.S. and M.A.) is supported by internationally recognized faculty working on research projects funded by federal, state, local, non-profit, and for-profit organizations in a variety of different fields of biology. 

Follow the links to learn more specific information about the coursework in our graduate programs in Cell & Molecular Biology and Ecology & Natural Resources.

Our thesis-based Masters of Science (M.S.) program consists both of taking master's level courses (30 credits) and participating in an individualized research project in the lab of a faculty member willing to sponsor you. To graduate, students write a thesis (typically 75-150 pages) about their research findings and present their research in an oral presentation to the department in a public defense followed by a short oral exam (private defense) pertaining to their project conducted by their committee. Follow this link to learn more about the timeline of being a master student and progress towards your degree.

Our Masters of Arts (M.A.) program consists primarily of taking master's level courses (36 credits) and may include research experience from a faculty advisor as part of this coursework. The final culminating project of the M.A. program is a comprehensive exam. Follow this link to learn more about the timeline of being a master student and progress towards your degree.

Follow this link to learn more about graduate assistantships. View the teaching assistantship application (PDF). Apply by April 1 for fall positions. Apply by Nov. 1 for spring positions.