Biology, M.S.


An undergraduate degree in the Life Sciences earning a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or above and demonstrate the requisite evidence of training and the motivation necessary to succeed in graduate study.

Supporting science background includes physics, statistics or calculus, and organic chemistry.

At least two current (within the last 6 months) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to assess the applicant's academic background in Life Sciences is required.

A completed graduate application 



Dr. Karry Kazial
Program Coordinator

Department of Biology Website

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The Department of Biology offers the Master of Science degree in Biology. Faculty research interests include animal behavior, applied human physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology and evolution, immunology/microbiology, invertebrate biology, molecular biology, plant physiology, plant biology, and vertebrate physiology. Students completing the M.S. degree at Fredonia often go on to Ph.D. programs at major research universities or obtain positions in education, industry or government.

The degree comprises 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework with both a thesis and non-thesis option available.

Thesis Option Program Outline

  • Seminar (three semesters)
  • Biology Courses (at least 21 credit hours)
  • Written Proposal and Proposal Defense
  • Thesis Research
  • Written Thesis and Thesis Defense

Thesis Option applicants are required to have contacted a faculty member and obtained their approval for entry into their laboratory for thesis work. Without contact and approval from a faculty member your application will not be reviewed for acceptance into the Biology Graduate Program. You can find faculty interests and contact information on the Biology Department website.

Non-Thesis Option Program Outline

  • Seminar (three semesters)
  • Biology courses*
  • Electives (any department)
  • Final Comprehensive Exam

*BIOL 690-BIOL 691 may not be used toward the Non-Thesis Option.


Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 30

Graduate Studies Office

E230A Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
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