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Master of Arts or Master of Science in Biology - Student

Your Academic Experience

You will have the opportunity to study a wide-range of biology topics in order to fulfill the credits required to complete either the Master of Arts or Master of Science degree. Throughout your studies, you will partake in courses in three categories: general core, concentration core, and electives.

In your first year, you will gain exposure to a variety of fields through coursework and lab rotations within the general core requirements. This experience works to form the foundation of your studies and will help you determine which concentration best suits your interests: Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science, or Ecology and Evolution. As you pursue your studies in your selected concentration, you will also be able to take electives to round out your experience.

More details regarding the curriculum, academic regulations, course descriptions, and the general education course requirements can be found in the UB Catalog.

Course Descriptions

Program Core Requirements

These courses are specific to the graduate-level Biology degree program.

A graduate course exploring the fundamental skills required by molecular biology and biotechnology. This course will emphasize key methodologies utilized in both biotechnology industries and molecular biology research.
Prerequisite: BIO 343 or equivalent
Credits: 3

This course is given in the spring semester and consists of sequential laboratory experiences in each of two separate research laboratories.
Credits: 1

Enrollment and attendance at this seminar is required of all students. Presentations are given by invited speakers from the University of Bridgeport and other universities, as well as respected research institutions.
Credits: 1

The student will complete internship in a research or clinical facility, with departmental approval.
Credits: 3

Supervised research leading to the preparation and completion of a thesis in partial fulfillment of the master’s degree requirements. Students enrolled in the thesis program must complete six credits of master’s research.
Credits: 6 total 

Statistical analysis with application to biological science. Includes applications of probability, classifications of data, averages, dispersion, frequency distributions, confidence intervals, tests of significance, linear regression, and correlation.
Prerequisite: MATH 323 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently.
Credits: 4

Molecular Biology Core Courses

This course is designed to train students to the techniques used in culturing mammalian tissues and cells. Students will master the necessary skills required for maintaining and analyzing cells in culture, develop laboratory skills related to cell assays and cell staining and research applications using cell cultures. Students will be introduced to concepts of designing in vitro tissue engineering products.
Prerequisite: BIO 102, BIO 321, or equivalent
Credits: 3

The focus of this course is on modes of genetic transfer, plasmids and mobile genetic elements. Molecular techniques used in prokaryotic research will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: BIO 307, BIO 320, or equivalent
Credits: 3

Structure and function of subcellular organelles. Transport; the endoplasmic reticulum, protein secretion and membrane biogenesis; the cytoskeleton; mitochondria, chloroplasts and the generation of useful energy and other topics.
Prerequisite: BIO 102, BIO 321, or equivalent
Credits: 3

Students will analyze nucleic acid, protein, and genomic datasets using biocomputational methodologies.
Prerequisite: BIO 343 or equivalent
Credits: 3

Biomedical Science Core Courses

This course is designed to explore current environmental and public health concerns and issues. Students will gain an understanding of the interaction of individual and communities with the environment, the potential impact on health of environmental agents.  The sequence of major topics begins with environmental epidemiology and toxicology, policy and regulation. The course then covers specific agents of environmental diseases. Domains of environmental health are addressed. Field trips by arrangement.
Prerequisites: BIO 101, BIO 102
Credits: 3

A three credit-hour lecture course that will cover the molecules, cells and organs of the immune system. Students will study the structural features of the components of the immune system and their functions. Emphasis of the course will be given on the mechanisms involved in immune system development and responsiveness.
Prerequisites: BIO 211, BIO 341, or equivalent
Credits: 3

Students will broaden their knowledge of environmental toxic agents (physical, chemical, biological) and their effect on biological systems and the environment. The relevance of chemical and biological properties of toxic agents to human health, and  the biotransformation reaction of certain chemical agents will be discussed. The course will cover in detailed the physical-chemical properties and their  toxic effects, at the molecular, cellular, organ and system level, resulting from exposure to environmental pollutants.
Prerequisite: BIO 444 or equivalent
Credits: 3

This course covers complex host-microbial interactions that are essential for health. Disturbing the relationships triggers a wide variety of diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Factors perturbing the gut microbes include dietary changes, drugs, stress, surgical intervention and the environment.
Prerequisite: BIO 320 or the equivalent
Credits: 3

Ecology and Evolution Core Courses

Genotype to phenotype mapping, population genetics, molecular evolution, detection of selection, association mapping, human evolution.
Prerequisite: BIO 307 or equivalent
Credits: 3

Students will read classic and recent ecological literature in ecology. At the completion of the course students will prepare a literature review or research proposal.
Prerequisite: BIO 223 or equivalent
Credits: 3

Students will read recent literature across a range of topics in physiological ecology. At the completion of the course students will prepare a literature review or research proposal.
Prerequisite: BIO 223, BIO 211, or equivalent
Credits: 3

Students will analyze nucleic acid acid, protein, and genomic datasets using biocomputational methodologies.
Prerequisite: BIO 345 or equivalent and MATH 423B
Corequisite: MATH 324 or equivalent
Credits: 3

Elective Courses

A three credit-hour lecture course that will cover the molecules, cells and organs of the immune system. Students will study the structural features of the components of the immune system and their functions. Emphasis of the course will be given on the mechanisms involved in immune system development and responsiveness.
Prerequisites: BIO 211, BIO 341, or equivalent
Credits: 3

An advanced course designed for the toxicology student interested in broadening her/his knowledge into the sciences of toxic agents (poisons) and their effect on biological systems and the environment. The relevance of chemical and biological properties of toxic agents to human health, and the biotransformation reaction of certain chemical agents will be discussed. The course will cover in detailed the toxic effects, at the molecular, cellular, organ and system level, resulting from exposure to xenobiotics. The course content will cover all aspects of toxicology: The General Toxicological Principles, Disposition of Toxic Agents, Non-organ Directed Toxicity, Target Organ Toxicity, Toxic Agents, Environmental Toxicology and Applications of Toxicology.
Prerequisite: BIO 211, BIO 344, or equivalent
Credits: 4

Modern courses in diverse areas of faculty specialization within the biological sciences. Prerequisites to vary with the course and instructor; permission of the instructor required.
Credits: 3

A seminar discussing current research in integrated biomedical sciences and complementary alternative medicine. Seminar will feature guest lecturers from CAM and IBS disciplines both at UB and other institutions.
Credits: 1

Students not registered for other courses must register for BIO 500 until the completion of the degree requirements.
Credits: 0

The course will review and investigate a variety of bioelectric phenomena, including origins and operations of trans-membrane potentials in excitable cells, their propagation between and among cells, their dissemination among various conductive tissues and different body fluid compartments and their measurement within the body or at the body surface. Also considered will be the generation, conduction and propagation of electrical or electromagnetic fields within and beyond the body and the interaction of such fields with ionizing and non-ionizing radiation generated naturally as well as by present and developing technology, with emphasis on health effects of such interactions.
Prerequisite: BIO 113, BIO 114, BIO 211, or equivalent
Credits: 3

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