College of Arts & Sciences
MS in Biology Requirements 

1.  Complete a total of 31 credits as follows:

Plan A - With Thesis

11 credits:

BIOL 6113 Biostatistics  
BIOL 8201 Biology Seminar for MS Students I  
BIOL 8202 Biology Seminar for MS Students II  
BIOL 8601-05 Research for Master's Thesis I-V  
(Two thesis courses are required for the degree.  However, the student may register for more than two, as needed.)  
  20 credits in graduate biology courses; at least half of these must have a laboratory component.  

2.  Make an oral presentation of thesis to Graduate Biology Seminar.

3.  Submit an acceptable thesis based on laboratory research three months before the expected degree completion date with an oral defense two weeks before the expected degree completion date. 

Plan B - Without Thesis
 
1.  Complete a total of 34 credits as follows:

5 credits:

BIOL 6133
Biostatistics
 
BIOL 8201
Biology Seminar for MS Students I  
BIOL 8202
Biology Seminar for MS Students II  

1 Credit from any Selected Topics course
 

28 credits in graduate biology courses; at least half of these must have a laboratory component.  

2.  Prepare a library research paper in conjunction with a Selected Topics course.  Selected topics must be taken two semesters before expected completion of degree.  Oral presentation of research results is to be made during the last semester in the Graduate Biology Seminar.

Plan C - Without Thesis (Minor in Business Administration)

1. Complete a total of 41 credits as follows:

5 credits:

BIOL 6113
Biostatistics  
BIOL 8201
Biology Seminar for MS Students I
 
BIOL 8202
Biology Seminar for MS Students II
 

1 credit from any Selected Topics course
 

19 credits in graduate biology* courses; at least half of these must have a laboratory component  

16 credits from the following courses:

BMBA 9111 Analytical Methods and Information Systems for Business  
BMBA 9112 Accounting and Legal Considerations  
BMBA 9113 Financial and Economic Analysis  
BMBA 9114 Organizational and Market Dynamics  
BMBA 9201 Corporate Social Responsibility  
BMBA 9202 International Perspective  

Consistent with the Master of Business Administration (MBA.) program policy, to enroll in specific core courses, students must either complete the required Pre-Qualification courses or obtain a waiver of specific courses based on prior business coursework, or by examination.  Biology students would be waived from the requirement to take the Statistics PQ (BMBA 8019) upon successful completion of BIOL 6113 Biostatistics.
 

* Graduate biology courses may be taken from the biology or microbiology course list.

2.  Prepare a library research paper in conjunction with a Selected Topics course.   Selected topics must be taken two semesters before expected completion of degree.  Oral presentation of research results is to be make during the last semester in the Graduate Biology Seminar.

MS in Biology with Neuroscience Track

Plan F - Research Thesis (31 credits)


Core Requirements (14 credits):

BIOL 6115
Fundamentals of Neuroscience
 
BIOL 6216
Recombinant DNA Technology Lab
 
BIOL 6231
Molecular Biology
 
BIOL 6355
Methods in Neuroscience
 
BIOL 8201
Biology Seminar for MS Students I
 
BIOL 8202
Biology Seminar for MS Students II
 

Electives (11 credits; to be selected from the following):

BIOL 7228
Fundamentals of Toxicology
 
BIOL 7291
Selected Topics in Molecular Biology
 
BIOL 7292
Selected Topics in Immunology
 
BIOL 7244
Cellular Immunology
 
BIOL 7492
Selected Topics in Virology
 
BIOL 7493
Selected Topics in Neuroscience
 

Thesis Requirements (6 credits)

BIOL 8601-05
Research for Master's Thesis I-V
 

(Two thesis courses are required for the degree.  However, the student may register for more than two, as needed.)  

Oral presentation of thesis at the Graduate Biology Symposium  

Submission of an acceptable thesis based on laboratory research at least three months prior to expected completion of degree; an oral defense two weeks before the expected degree completion date.  

Plan G - Library Thesis (34 credits)

Core Requirements (14 credits):

BIOL 6115
Fundamentals of Neuroscience  
BIOL 6216
Recombinant DNA Technology Lab
 
BIOL 6231
Molecular Biology
 
BIOL 6333
Cell Culture Techniques
 
BIOL 6335
Methods in Neuroscience
 
BIOL 7291
Selected Topics in Molecular Biology
 
BIOL 8201
Biology Seminar for MS Students I
 
BIOL 8202
Biology Seminar for MS Students II
 

Electives (19 credits; to be selected from the following):

BIOL 6113
Biostatistics  
BIOL 6233
Metabolic Pathways
 
BIOL 6242
Immunology  
BIOL 6243
Immunology Lab
 
BIOL 6323
Vertebrate Endocrinology
 
BIOL 6325
Introduction to Pharmacology
 
BIOL 6326
Vertebrate Physiology
 
BIOL 6333
Cell Culture Techniques
 
BIOL 6334
Developmental Biology
 
BIOL 6369
Cancer Biology
 
BIOL 6431
Microbial Genetics
 
BIOL 7226
Signal Transduction
 
BIOL 7228
Fundamentals in Toxicology
 
BIOL 9191
Special Topic in Biology Research
 

Library Thesis (1 credit)

BIOL 7493
Selected Topics in Neuroscience
(Selected Topics in Neuroscience must be taken two semesters before expected completion of degree).
 
  Oral presentation of Library Thesis at the Graduate Biology Symposium  
  Oral presentation of Library Thesis at the Graduate Biology Symposium  

Examine the full list of course offerings and their descriptions in the Seton Hall University Graduate Catalogue. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required.)

Seminar Requirements  
All students are required to attend weekly seminars for a minimum of four semesters for the MS degree. Seminars include presentations by guest speakers and opportunities to discuss research projects.

Research Support  
The Department of Biological Sciences faculty maintain active research programs sponsored through federal funding, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Collaborative research programs with local biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and academic institutions provide further research training opportunities.

Director of Graduate Studies
Carroll Rawn, Ph.D.

(973) 761-9054
carroll.rawn@shu.edu
McNulty Hall, 410

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