2024-2025 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Biological Sciences: General Program M.S.

Program Rationale:

The General Program is for those who wish to expand their background in the broad area of biology or who wish to specialize in a particular aspect of this discipline. Students who as undergraduates majored in areas other than biology may also pursue a master's degree in this program.

The planned program of graduate study will be developed by a student and his or her advisor and will be based upon the student's undergraduate record and educational needs.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduate students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge in general biology;
  • describe scientific methodology and conduct experiments;
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of a specific area of biology;
  • be able to read and comprehend primary literature;
  • deliver effective oral presentations (poster or PowerPoint); and
  • effectively communicate on research in written format.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

Additional Materials Required:

  • Narrative statement

In your narrative statement, please include whether you would like to pursue a thesis or non-thesis version of your degree (if applicable). If you wish to do a thesis, please identify a potential faculty member you might like to work with in our department. It may be helpful to view our faculty web pages or contact potential faculty members by phone or email to discuss your interests. You could also include in the narrative statement your interests in biology and how they developed, your career goals, and how you think a degree in the Biology Department at CCSU will further your education and prepare you for your career.

  • Letters of recommendation by two college instructors familiar with your ability and record in biology and the related sciences. In cases where acquiring letters from college instructors creates undue hardship for an applicant, it may be acceptable to use letters from past or present supervisors. Please email the Chair of the Biology Department Graduate Studies Committee if you require further clarification or feel this applies to your situation.

The Biology Department also recommends the following items;

  • Graduate Record Examination scores for the aptitude and advanced biology tests are recommended but not required.

The graduate application, application fee, and official transcripts are to be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office from each institution attended except Central Connecticut State University.

Instructions for uploading the statement and for obtaining and submitting the recommendation letters will be found within the online application.

Contact: 860-832-2645

Course and Capstone Requirements (30 cr)

Biology Requirements

BIO 500Seminar in Biology

1 TO 2

BIO 598Research in Biology


Elective Courses as required for 30 credits

EPS 500Contemporary Educational Issues



EPS 516School and Society



EPS 524Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum



EPS 525History of American Education



EPS 538The Politics of Education



EPS 583Sociological Foundations of Education


or BIO or BMS electives as approved by advisor.

Note: Additional work, as described in the course syllabi, will be required for graduate credit in 400-level courses. Students may take no more than nine credits of 400-level courses.


Plan A: Thesis capstone (Two Options)

BIO 599Thesis

3 OR 6

Plan A requires a thesis defense seminar for both options.

Plan B: Comprehensive exam capstone

Plan B requires an oral comprehensive exam.

Total Credit Hours: 30