Biology, Pedagogy Concentration (M.S.)
The graduate programs in the Biology and Molecular Biology Department are designed to enable a student to develop his or her preparation for a career in biological fields requiring advanced training or for the teaching profession.
Research facilities of the Biology and Molecular Biology Department are maintained in Science Hall and include specialized equipment for molecular biology, electron microscopy, botany, microbiology, immunology, aquatic biology, tissue culture, animal behavior, and cell physiology. Additionally, the facilities at the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium, New Jersey School of Conservation, and other departments in the College of Science and Mathematics are available for cooperative graduate research. Faculty research interests include aquatic and terrestrial ecology, developmental biology, parasitology, microbiology, immunology, cell physiology, molecular biology, plant physiology, entomology and evolutionary mechanisms. The Biology and Molecular Biology Department has recently established a state-of-the-art molecular biology laboratory for teaching both introductory and advanced courses in molecular biology and biotechnology.
The Biology and Molecular Biology Department offers thesis and non-thesis students opportunity for graduate research under faculty supervision in selected areas of biology. Original research should not exceed 8 credits for thesis students and 5 credits for non-thesis students. Students must complete a minimum of 26 credits in biology, 9 credits of required courses, a minimum of 5 credits of research and a maximum of 18 credits of electives.
The MS in Biology with a concentration in Pedagogy is intended for certified Biology teachers interested in enhancing and updating their content expertise, exploring and conducting research on biology learning, and expanding their insights into pedagogy. Students will complete 32 credits of coursework in biology, biology education, and curriculum and teaching and/or educational foundations. Students must take a minimum of 20 credits in biology and 6 credits in College of Education and Human Services and can take a maximum of 6 credits outside the department including BIOL courses taken as a non-matriculated student, courses taken in other MSU departments, and courses transferred from other institutions. Students must receive a B or better in these courses and the credits can not have counted toward another degree.
This is a non-thesis program that can include graduate research under faculty supervision. Introduction to Biological Research (BIOL 599) as well as Research in Biological Literature (BIOL 597) within this concentration will focus on science education as it applies to Biology. Original research (BIOL 599) should not exceed 4 credits.
The MS in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Biology addresses the needs of Biology educators, other Biology professionals and those wishing to re-tool their job skills. This program helps to meet the challenges of improving science literacy and implementing new science curriculum standards, and to meet the needs of surrounding biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Hands-on experience is emphasized and real world problems are presented to the students. Students also get a firm grounding in molecular biology theory.
Prior to matriculation for the Master of Science degree in biology, the student should have completed a subject matter of at least 24 credits in biology and have adequate preparation in college chemistry, mathematics and physics.
In cases where there has been a weak undergraduate program in the major and/or collateral fields, prerequisite courses, which will not count towards graduate credit, may be assigned.
The matriculation program for MS candidates is prepared in consultation with the biology Graduate Program Coordinator. Changes in the program can be made only with the written approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. It is the responsibility of the student to keep the coordinator informed of progress in the program.
A successful interview by the department committee is also required.
|BIOL 520||Plant Physiology||3|
|or BIOL 540||Mammalian Physiology|
|BIOL 547||Molecular Biology I||3|
|BIOL 510||Biology Pedagogy for Secondary Teachers||3|
|BIOL 601||Advanced Biological Science Education Pedagogy||3|
|Selected Techniques in Biology Science Education|
|SASE 530||Principles of Curriculum Development||3|
|or PSYC 560||Advanced Educational Psychology|
|Select 10 credits from the list (see below)||10|
|Research in Biological Literature|
|BIOL 597||Research in Biological Literature||1|
|In the term that you will sit for exam, register for the section which matches your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.|
|GRAD CMP||Comprehensive Examination||0|
|BIOL 500||Introductory Molecular Cell Biology||1.5|
|BIOL 505||Experimental Cell Culture||3|
|BIOL 512||Topics in Modern Genetics||3|
|BIOL 514||Graduate Seminar in Biology||2|
|BIOL 515||Population Genetics||3|
|BIOL 520||Plant Physiology||3|
|BIOL 521||Field Studies of Flowering Plants||4|
|BIOL 522||Plant Pathology||3|
|BIOL 529||Advanced Herpetology||4|
|BIOL 532||Advanced Entomology||3|
|BIOL 533||Advanced Cell Biology||3|
|BIOL 540||Mammalian Physiology||3|
|BIOL 542||Advanced Endocrinology||3|
|BIOL 543||Advances in Immunology||3|
|BIOL 544||Advanced Comparative Animal Physiology||3|
|BIOL 545||Experimental Endocrinology||4|
|BIOL 546||Topics in Physiology||3|
|BIOL 548||Molecular Biology II||4|
|BIOL 549||Topics in Developmental Biology||3|
|BIOL 550||Topics in Microbiology||3|
|BIOL 551||Intermediary Metabolism I||3|
|BIOL 552||Biology of Lipids||3|
|BIOL 554||Microbial Physiology||3|
|BIOL 555||Medical Genetics||3|
|BIOL 556||Molecular Biology of Proteins||3|
|BIOL 558||Microbial Genetics||3|
|BIOL 560||Molecular Genetics||3|
|BIOL 562||Short Topics in Molecular Biology||1|
|BIOL 563||Statistical Genomics||3|
|BIOL 565||Advanced Plant Molecular Genetics||3|
|BIOL 568||Advanced Neuroscience||3|
|BIOL 571||Physiological Plant Ecology||4|
|BIOL 572||Wetland Ecology||4|
|BIOL 574||Behavioral Ecology||3|
|BIOL 575||Avian Biology||4|
|BIOL 576||Biology of Extreme Habitats||3|
|BIOL 579||Physiological Ecology of Animals||3|
|BIOL 580||Evolutionary Mechanisms||3|
|BIOL 586||Selected Advanced Topics in Biology||3-4|
|BIOL 587||Selected Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology||3-4|
|BIOL 588||Selected Advanced Topics in Physiology||3-4|
|BIOL 589||Selected Advanced Topics in Ecology||3-4|
|BIOL 592||Graduate Colloquium||1|
|BIOL 593||Molecular Ecology||3|
|BIOL 594||Signal Transduction||3|
|BIOL 595||Conservation Biology: The Preservation of Biological Diversity||3|
|BIOL 596||Selected Techniques in Biology Science Education||1.5|
|BIOL 598||Selected Techniques in Molecular Biology||1.5|
|BIOL 599||Introduction to Biological Research||4|