Biology M.S. Program

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate the potential to pursue graduate study successfully - that is, have attained a minimum undergraduate grade average of B in the field selected for the graduate major and a minimum grade average of B- in the undergraduate record as a whole.
  • Have completed a major in biology, chemistry, physics, or an allied field.
  • With Undergraduate Specialization in Biology: Candidates whose undergraduate major was in biology must have completed: (1) one year of organic chemistry, with laboratory; (2) one year of college physics; and (3) either one year of calculus or one semester of calculus and a semester of statistics.
  • With Undergraduate Specialization in Chemistry, Physics, or Allied Field: Candidates whose undergraduate major was in either chemistry, physics, or an allied field must have completed: (1) the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in biology; (2) one year of organic chemistry, with laboratory; (3) one year of college physics; and (4) either one year of calculus or one semester of calculus and a semester of statistics. 
  • In addition, students must submit up to three letters of recommendation and, if conditionally admitted, satisfy the conditions within one year.

Degree Requirements

  • All students (matriculated or nonmatriculated) should consult with the Departmental Graduate Adviser regarding their programs. 
  • A student must complete 30 credits of coursework and complete an independent laboratory research project. A student may elect to substitute 1 to 6 credits in original laboratory research (BIO 799.1, 799.2, and 799.3) for 1 to 6 credits of coursework. When a student is ready to select a research problem, a research advisory committee of faculty members will be established in consultation with his or her thesis adviser* to guide the investigation. A thesis based on this research must be defended satisfactorily in an oral presentation prior to its submission in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science. Approved copies of the thesis must be deposited in the Lehman College Library and the Department of Biology. 
  • *Students who choose a thesis adviser at the New York Botanical Garden or at another institution must have an "in-house" adviser. This individual must be a full-time faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences at Lehman College and a member of the graduate faculty in biological sciences. 

Academic Probation and Continuation

  • All graduate students whose GPA falls between 2.7 and 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. See the College's graduate policies and procedures regarding probation and continuation.
  • Graduate students in Biological Sciences degree programs whose GPA falls below 2.7 will not be eligible for probation and may only continue in their program upon successful appeal to the Graduate Studies Committee.
  • Students who received a failing grade in a course and have a cumulative GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 will only be granted one semester to make sufficient progress towards degree completion and bring the GPA back up to 3.0 or above. Students may not continue in any course for which the failed course is a prerequisite. If the GPA is not raised to a 3.0 or above by the end of the next registered semester the student will be asked to discontinue their program of study.
  • Students, who receive two failing grades in any of the courses satisfying the degree curriculum, will not be eligible for probation and will be asked to discontinue their program of study.