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Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences - MA

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The degree is offered either as a terminal degree or as the first year toward the PhD within CUNY. Both introductory and advanced graduate courses are available at Hunter College.

Requirements for Admission

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate programs , the following departmental requirements must be met:

  1. One year of organic chemistry with laboratory
  2. One year of college physics
  3. One semester of calculus and a second semester of either calculus or statistics

  4. An undergraduate major in biology, botany, physiology, zoology, chemistry, physics, or other appropriate discipline. A minimum of 18 credits in appropriate undergraduate science and mathematics courses should be presented. Chemistry or physics majors must offer at least one year of appropriate life science for admission to any of the majors in the MA program in biological sciences including a semester of genetics, molecular biology or biochemistry.
  5. General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (verbal and quantitative). Other examination scores, including the MCAT, may not be substituted for the GRE.
  6. TOEFL Test for international students with a non-English speaking background.

Requirements for the Degree

The program of course work, planned with the graduate adviser, is concentrated in one of the following major areas: molecular and cell biology, cancer biology, molecular and developmental genetics, molecular neuroscience, and biotechnology.

Additional Information

Up to 4 credits of tutorial are accepted toward the degree. Only one 600-level course including courses outside Biological Sciences, such as Biochemistry may be credited toward the degree.

Matriculated Students May Fulfill Requirements for the MA

Matriculated Students may fulfill requirements for the MA through either of the following plans:

  • Plan A - Comprehensive Exam Only: A minimum of 30 credits of course work plus a passing grade in a written Comprehensive Examination in the areas covered by the four required core courses. The Comprehensive Examination is given annually in June. Only fully matriculated students who have completed all four required courses may take the comprehensive examination.
  • Plan B - Comprehensive Exam and Thesis: A minimum of 24 credits of course work plus a passing grade in a written Comprehensive Examination and a minimum of 6 credits of original research that is summarized in a written thesis. The completed thesis must be approved by the student’s faculty mentor, the MA adviser, and the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences at least one month before the expected date of graduation. An oral presentation of the MA thesis is required.”

Courses for Non-matriculated Graduate Students

Students with a baccalaureate degree may register for some graduate courses without matriculation. After being admitted as a non-matriculating graduate student, students may take

  (fall only) or   (spring only) without prior departmental permission. For all other courses, non-matriculating students must get permission directly from the course instructor.  Specific graduate courses being offered each semester are listed at http://registrar.hunter.cuny.edu/subpages/searchclass.shtml

There is no dedicated adviser for non-matriculating students who want to take graduate Biology courses. Non-matriculating students should see any Biology faculty member during regular office hours for advising.  Please contact the department secretary at 212-772-5293 to find out faculty office hours. 

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