2013-14 University Bulletin 
    Mar 04, 2024  
2013-14 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology: Graduate

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Alan Schoenfeld, Chair George Russell, Director, Graduate Program
p – (516) 877-4200 Science Building, Room 116
f – (516) 877-4209 p – (516) 877-4199
e – schoenfeld@adelphi.edu e – russell@adelphi.edu
w – biology.adelphi.edu  



Deborah F. Cooperstein
James K. Dooley
Lawrence J. Hobbie
Gayle D. Insler
George K. Russell
Benjamin Weeks

Professors Emeriti

A. Coolidge Churchill
Carol Diakow

Associate Professors

Tandra Chakraborty
Jonna Coombs
Matthias Foellmer
R. David Jones
Alan Schoenfeld
Andrea Ward

Assistant Professors

Aaren Freeman
Heather Liwanag
Aram Stump
Eugenia Villa-Cuesta

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology prepares students for entrance into professional schools in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine) and for research doctoral programs. Graduates also acquire the tools and skills for successful careers in biotechnology, public health (see also the Master’s in Public Health program offered through the School of Nursing), and environmental and patent law. For secondary school biology teachers, the graduate program fulfills the requirements of certain tracks for professional certification and expands their knowledge base.

The Biology Department also offers a Master of Science with a concentration in biotechnology, which combines a foundation in science with business training to prepare students for careers in this expanding field.

At Adelphi, students gain a broad foundation in biology, practical experience, and the fundamental skills of scientific research. Laboratory courses emphasize contemporary scientific techniques and integrate technology into the learning experience. Departmental laboratory facilities include modern equipment for the study of molecular biology, cell and tissue culture, morphology, behavior, and microscopy. Students use these facilities for graduate research in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, toxicology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, evolution, and ecology.

The Biology Department provides personalized attention from faculty members who work closely with students as mentors and provide career guidance. For over four decades, the biology department has achieved a consistently high success rate for students entering professional programs in many prestigious institutions.

Premedical Preparation

A master’s degree in biology provides the foundation for professional programs and careers as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists, podiatrists, and chiropractors. Careful planning is essential as you continue your education and prepare for your future career. Adelphi advisers assist students in course selection, reviewing admission requirements for professional schools, and career planning. For more information on premedical preparation, contact the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships (email: rschwartz@adelphi.edu or telephone (516) 877-3140).


For admission to the graduate program, students must (1) hold a bachelor’s degree in biology or related fields, or its equivalent, and (2) show promise of successful achievement in the field. The Graduate Record Examination is not required for admission. All admitted students enter the Biology Department as (1) regularly matriculated students or (2) (on an initial provisional basis) nondegree (special) students. Applicants should contact the director of departmental graduate studies.

Note: Students must acquaint themselves with the current edition of the Biology “Guide for Graduate Students.”  Copies may be obtained in the Biology Department Office.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Adolescent Education: Science Education

A Master of Arts in Adolescent Education: Science Education is also available. Please see the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education  section of this Bulletin for more information.


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