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Curriculum

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.

Program Core Requirements


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

BIO 443 Advanced Methods in Molecular Biology
BIO 470 Research Rotation
BIO 490 Departmental Seminar
BIO 498 Internship (M.A. Students)
BIO 499 Master’s Research (M.S. Students)
MATH 423B Biostatistical Analysis

Molecular Biology Core Courses


BIO 403 Tissue Culture
BIO 407 Microbial/Molecular Genetics
BIO 421 Advanced Cell Biology
BIO 479 Bioinformatics

Biomedical Science Core Courses


BIO 418 Environmental Health
BIO 441 Cell Molecular Immunology
BIO 446 Environmental Toxicology
BIO 491 Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease

Ecology and Evolution Core Courses


BIO 402 Evolution
BIO 423 Advanced Ecology
BIO 424 Physiological Ecology
BIO 479 Bioinformatics

Elective Courses


BIO 441 Immunology
BIO 444 General Toxicology
BIO 480 Special Topics
BIO 497 Selected Topics in Integrated Health and Healing
BIO 500 Maintaining Matriculation
BIO 493 Bioelectric Phenomena

Your Path to Successful Program Completion


All graduate-level Biology students must pass an oral comprehensive examination covering current theory, application and research in areas appropriate to their training and interests. In addition, students must complete the minimum credit hours required for each degree program, as follows:

Master of Science in Biology Program Requirements

Students in the Biology (M.S.) degree program will be required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, comprised of 24 credits of coursework and six credits of master’s-level research. Students must submit and defend a research thesis with both a written thesis and oral defense, both of which demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

Master of Arts in Biology Program Requirements

Students choosing the non-thesis option (M.A.) must either complete 33 credits of coursework in Biology or cognate courses aimed at further acquisition and refinement of program student learning objectives, or 30 credits of course work—and with the approval of the graduate Chair of Biology— three credits of intern experience in a professional setting aimed at student acquisition of career skills targeted by the program. Upon completion of the internship, the student must also submit a recommendation letter from their internship mentor and an internship report, describing the work done in their internship and the professional advancement outcomes achieved. Furthermore, the student should present her/his work in a seminar at UB.