Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Biology (MS)

Program Coordinators: 

Professor Jianying Gu

Building 6S, Room 126A

Email: jianying.gu@csi.cuny.edu

Email: biologymasters@csi.cuny.edu

Telephone: 718.982.4123

Professor Jimmie Fata

Building 6S, Room 129

Email: jimmie.fata@csi.cuny.edu

Email: biologymasters@csi.cuny.edu

Telephone: 718.982.3862

Biology Admissions Requirements

The Department of Biology Graduate Admissions Committee makes all decisions regarding admission to the program as a matriculated or non-matriculated student. Applicants are required to complete the online CSI Graduate Admissions Application. The GRE general test is recommended but not required of applicants.

  1. BS in Biology degree from an accredited college (students in the last semester of undergraduate study and students with a baccalaureate in another related discipline may also be considered for admission).
  2. Overall GPA of 2.75 (B-) and a GPA of 3.0 (B) in undergraduate science and mathematics courses.
  3. Two letters of recommendation testifying to the applicant’s ability to complete successfully the program of graduate study.
  4. A grade of 550 on the TOEFL test is required of all applicants for whom English is a second language.

Non-matriculated status: Applicants who meet most, but not all, of the admissions requirements may be considered for admission with non-matriculated status.

Retention in the Program

A minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) is required for the 30 credits of required courses. For the degree, students may choose between two tracks: the general biology track (A) and the biotechnology track (B).

Students in the traditional track may choose between a research-based thesis option or a non-thesis option. For those students who will pursue a research-based option in the traditional track, six credits may be allocated to thesis research (BIO 799). In the general biology track, three courses are required of all candidates: BIO 603, BIO 605, and ESC 601. The remaining courses, 21 credits, will be chosen according to the student’s career goals with faculty guidance. Prior to the completion of 15 credits, students pursuing a research degree are required to present their thesis research proposal to their Thesis Committee. The student's Committee will consist of at least three members, two of whom must be faculty in the Department of Biology, including the student's advisor. Non-thesis students will select a three-member examination committee, who will administer an exit examination based upon the coursework undertaken during the degree program.

In the biotechnology track, the coursework that constitutes the 30 credits includes BIO 603, BIO 706, BIO 708, BIO 743, BIO 751, BIO 799, and BIO 894. BIO 894 (Internship in Biotechnology) is designed to place the student in a biotechnology laboratory where he/she will apply the principles acquired in the academic curriculum to a research project. A thesis is required of all students in the biotechnology track.

By the end of the first year, all students must provide evidence of proficiency in scientific writing and communication, computer skills, and statistics.

Transfer Credits

Acceptance of any graduate course taken elsewhere toward the requirements of a CSI degree is at the discretion of the coordinator of the graduate program. A maximum of nine credits of courses taken elsewhere within The City University may be applied to the MS in Biology with approval of the program coordinator. Alternately, for courses taken outside of CUNY, a maximum of six credits may be accepted for transfer. A grade of 3.0 (B) is the minimum grade accepted for transfer credit.

Master of Science in Biology Degree Requirements: 30 credits

Students may choose either the General Biology Track or the Biotechnology Track in order to complete the Master of Science in Biology.

Track A: General Biology Requirements for both thesis and non-thesis students. 30 credits

BIO 603Scientific Communication

3

BIO 605Statistical Analysis

4

ESC 601The Biosphere and Our Species

3

Of the remaining 21 credits required for partial fulfillment of the Master of Science in Biology degree, students may choose from the following courses.

If the student is matriculated at the College of Staten Island as an undergraduate, they may not repeat the more advanced course for credit.

BIO 705Biology of Cancer

3

BIO 722Marine Ecology

3

BIO 727Conservation Biology

3

BIO 730Principles and Methods of Systematics, Evolution, and Phylogeny

4

 

BIO 735Biogeography

4

OR

ESC 735Biogeography

3

 

BIO 740Advanced Microscopy

3

BIO 743Cellular Toxicology

4

BIO 750Laboratory Methods in Molecular Genetics

3

BIO 751Molecular Genetics

4

BIO 760Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics

4

BIO 761Mathematical Models in Biology

4

BIO 771Principles of Epidemiology

3

BIO 799Thesis Research

 

BIO 891Biology Independent Study

1

OR

BIO 892Biology Independent Study

2

OR

BIO 893Biology Independent Study

3

OR

BIO 894Biology Independent Study

4

In satisfying these 21 credits, students may take up to nine credits in other departments at CSI, at other senior colleges in CUNY, or at the Graduate School.

Track B: Biotechnology Requirements 30 credits

BIO 603Scientific Communication

3

BIO 706Introduction to Biotechnology(RLA)

3

BIO 708Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory(RLA)

3

BIO 740Advanced Microscopy

3

BIO 743Cellular Toxicology

4

BIO 751Molecular Genetics

4

BIO 799Thesis Research

 

BIO 891Biology Independent Study

1

OR

BIO 892Biology Independent Study

2

OR

BIO 893Biology Independent Study

3

OR

BIO 894Biology Independent Study

4

NOTE: There are no electives in the Biotechnology Track.