Admission requirements

  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a 3.00 cumulative grade point ratio and at least 24 semester hours in biology and a general program, including related scientific subjects, which would be equivalent to the biology major offered for the Bachelor of Science degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Students who are deficient in some subject, but whose records are otherwise superior, may make up their deficiencies while they are enrolled in the graduate program.
  2. Undergraduate academic attainment in biology, which meets with the approval of the graduate biology faculty.
  3. Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the last five years. (The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a master’s degree.)
  4. Three letters of recommendation.

Applicants who have not completed all requirements for admission to the degree program may be permitted to enroll in classes for credit on a non-matriculated or non-degree basis.

Requirements for the Master of Science degree (total 32 credits)

  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 credits in the courses approved for a graduate major in biology. A minimum of 20 credits must be taken in biological sciences. A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from another institution with the permission of the school director if these credits are not part of an existing master’s degree. In addition, courses may be taken in other colleges and campuses of the University, with the director’s permission.
  2. Before a student may register beyond 9 credits, he or she is required to obtain a biology adviser. The adviser will help the student select courses most appropriate for the student’s needs and interests. Ideally, the student will select a faculty member in the area of interest most closely paralleling his or her own. This faculty member also may serve as the student’s mentor.
  3. Students have the option of completing their degrees with or without a research option. Students electing to do the research and the thesis option must take the 4-credit sequence consisting of:

Required biology courses (for 2 credits)

(With or without the research option above of 2 credits.)

The following 1-credit courses are both required and must be taken in the fall and spring semesters.

Elective Biology Courses (18 credits)

These courses may include additional graduate biology courses, independent studies, or other graduate chemistry or science sources that would fulfill a student’s specific needs as approved by the graduate advisor and director for the Master of Science in Biology.

Choose from the following courses. All the courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Students have the option of completing their degrees with or without a research option. Students electing to do the research and the thesis option must take the 4-credit sequence consisting of:

Business Concentration Elective Courses (12 credits)

Twelve credits may be selected from the above listed elective course for the business concentration for the Master of Science in Biology degree as approved by the graduate advisor and director.

The 5000 level business concentration elective courses are pre-requisites for the 6000 level courses. Chosen course elective must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

Course Descriptions

  • ACCT5012 This course is focused on the information needs of the users of financial statements that includes, but is not limited to managers, investors, creditors and regulators. The primary context of the course is financial accounting for corporate entities. This course assumes no prior knowledge of financial accounting.

  • ACCT6012 This course focuses on the decision support information that managers regularly use and need in the contemporary business setting. Topics include: Cost volume profit, cost behavior, product costing, pricing, quality costs, budgeting, variance analysis, short-term decision making and business unit performance measurement. The course will begin with a session on understanding financial statements to provide articulation with the financial accounting.

  • BIOL5306 Study of the structure and function of the molecular and cellar components of the immune system, genetic bases of immune responses, normal and pathological responses, tumor immunology, transplantation, and immunological techniques. Open to qualified undergraduates with permission of instructor or advisor.

  • BIOL6240 Modern Cell Biology investigates the central concept for cellular functioning, DNA to RNA to Protein, by integrating biomolecules, biotechnology, regulating mechanisms, signals and signaling pathways and aberrations that result in pathology, such as cancer.

  • BIOL6241 The laboratory encompasses sequential experiments using tissueculture:cell toxicity; apoptosis; oxidative stress; immunocytochemistry, ELISA, SiRNA, or promoter-reporter transfection, mRNA isolation, polymerase chain reaction, gel electrophoresis; Northern blotting.

  • BIOL6705 Molecular organization of cells. Internal membranes and synthesis of macromolecules. The cell nucleus and cell division. Control of the cell cycle. Cytoskeleton and cell- cell adhesion. The extracellular matrix and signal transduction.

  • BIOL6724 Structure and function of human genes and chromosomes. Chromosome mapping and the Human Genome Project. Numerical and structural chromosomal abnormalities. Metabolic Defects. Genetic aspects of cancer and disorders of the immune system. Gene therapy. Genetic counseling. Ethical issues.

  • BIOL6725 Evolutionary biology of human species. History of hominid lineage and how evolutionary pressures explain physical and behavioral adaptations to past and present environments. Modern human genetic diversity and its relevance to biomedical research. Prior corsework in evolution is required.

  • BIOL6728 Studies relating implications of biotechnological and biomedical innovations, individual perception of issues, and the universal policies influencing the state of living species.

  • BIOL6733 Enzyme sources and purification, structure, kinetics and mechanisms. Sequencing and characterization, biocatalysis, control of enzyme activity, clinical aspects of enzymology, and applications of biotechnology. Use of protein data banks and molecular modeling.

  • BIOL6740 The course comprises of the biochemistry and molecular biology of hormone action: synthesis, secretion, release,regulation, metabolism, receptors, signal transduction, gene expression and cellular effects of insulin, glucagon, catecholamines, glucocorticoids, growth hormone, growth factors, thyroxine, parathyroid hormone, calcitonin, gonadotropins,ovarian steroids,androgens,aldosterone,vasopression; and hormone imbalance and effects in aging, malignancy and disease.

  • BIOL6761 Discussion of current topics addressing the organization and physiological processes in microorganisms, their impact in our lives and ecosystem.

  • BIOL6771 Behavioral ecology, conservation biology, mate choice, reserve design, genetic diversity, subsistence, harvesting and hunting.

  • BIOL6775 Discussion of current topics addressing physiological adjustments of animals to the physical and chemical environment; tolerance of temperature, osmotic conditions, partial pressures of oxygen, and starvation. Lecture and seminar.

  • BIOL6779 Application of Darwinian reasoning to medical research and clinical practice. Intrinsic biological aging, pathology, due to defense mechanisms, acute and stealth infection, novel environments, genetic diversity, design compromises, and evolutionary legacies. Prior coursework in evolution is required.

  • BIOL6845 Classic and current biotechniques to include handling numbers, weighing, and solution preparation, experimental design, spectrophotometry, chromatography, enzyme kinetics/inhibition, assays for reactive oxygen species, cell culture, agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, Southern & Western blotting, cloning, eukaryotic cells, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real time.

  • BIOL6846 Experiments illustrate the topics discussed in BIOL 6845 Lecture: Techniques: Theories & Applications

  • BIOL6888 The study of the physiological and biological manifestations of disease. Provides a basis as to how alterations in structure and function disrupts the human body as a whole.

  • BIOL6892 Molecular, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

  • BIOL6900 A series of lectures on topics of current interest by invited speakers. Exposure of students to research developments and techniques in selected areas of specialization.

  • BIOL6901 A series of lectures on topics of current interest by invited speakers. Exposure of students to research developments and techniques in selected areas specialization.

  • BIOL7801 Current literature and problems in biology. Fall or Spring

  • BIOL7803 The student is required to write and then defend before a faculty committee a thesis based on laboratory research and prepared under gthe supervision of a faculty member

  • BIOL7804 The student is requi8red to write and then defend before a faculty committee a thesis based on laboratory research and prepared under the supervision of a faculty member.

  • ECON5012 Microeconomic foundations of consumer and business decisions, review of the rationale for government intervention in specific markets, macroeconomic principles relating to the level of aggregate economic activity and government policies aimed at meeting growth, employment and price stability goals.

  • ECON6012 The application of Microeconomic theory to decision making in the business firm. Overview of demand and consumer behavior, production and cost management, market structure and pricing. Understanding of tools developed to support the decision making process at the managerial level.

  • ENTR6012 This course is an integral component of the MBA Core curriculum. It provides students with an understanding of the process with innovation in the context of changing economic environments that are marked by fast cycle times for services and products. Challenges and opportunities associated with creating sustainable value for an organization will be considered through the application of key concepts, processes, and tools of decision-making at the level of the firm. Key concepts associated with innovation, entrepreneurship, and business strategy will be validated by the use of appropriate pedagogical tools and the development of a business model project.

  • ENVR6552 Describes the scientific basis for the steps in the risk assessment processes and discusses current guidelines and procedures for performing them.

  • ENVR6569 Includes the study of natural characteristics of inland (freshwater) and coastal (tidal) wetland ecosystems. It also provides an overview of basic ecological principles related to watershed planning and describes the benefits of watershed management. It also examines wetland and watershed functions and values with applications to environmental impact assessment, wetlands and watershed planning, management, and restoration. Course lectures and discussions will be supplemented by short, on-campus and local, off-campus field trips. (Open to seniors who are environmental science majors and graduates who are systems science majors.)

  • LAW6012 This course provides an overview of the legal environment of business, including the court system, business litigation and alternate dispute resolution methods; the regulatory agencies and administrative law; basic contract and commercial law; and tort law as it relates to business issues, and explores the relationship that exists between legal issues and the ethical issues that arise in connection with the ways that legal and social problems are addressed within the legal system.

  • LAW6657 This course covers the essential areas of the Uniform Commercial Code, namely contracts, agency, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bankruptcy, partnerships and corporations. In addition, the Securities and Exchange Acts are given appropriate coverage.

  • MGMT5012 This course prepares students to understand at a basic level how the functional areas of business fit within the larger context of organizations. The role of managers and the evolution of management from the classical, human relations, and behavioral-systems schools of thought will be discussed. The general management functions of planning, organizing, controlling, staffing, and leading will be introduced. Also covered in this course will be the basics of competitive strategy formulation, organization design, motivation, goal setting, group/team dynamics, international management, and ethical decision making, as foundations for more advanced treatment of these topics in the MBA core.

  • MGMT6012 This course emphasizes concepts and tools for assessing the social processes encountered in the workplace. Although the primary focus is on understanding and managing individuals and teams, there is significant attention to system-level behavior and change. Students will focus on the application of theories and the development of managerial skills, such as understanding individual differences, effectively working in teams, motivating and influencing others, managerial communications, ethical decision making and leadership, as well as managing organizational change

  • MGMT6112 Course will focus on the current and future challenges and opportunities relating to climate change, sustainable economic development, and the role of business. We will explore theory, the values and the practical aspects of sustainability with special emphasis on the role of leadership and managing change.

  • MGMT6621 This course explores how HR strategy can enhance firm competiveness. Students will be equipped with a wide knowledge of various human resource management functions including job analysis, recruitment, selection, training, performance evaluation, compensation, employee relations, and legal concerns. The impact of HR policies and organizational development on firm strategy are examined. Trends in HR including the management of workforce changes, HR performance metrics and the relationship of HR to corporate social responsibility are also discussed.

  • MKTG5012 This course will introduce students to marketing terminology and concepts. The goal is to provide sufficient foundation knowledge to enable students to take courses in the Core MBA program. Accordingly, the course introduces students to such fundamental marketing concepts as the marketing mix, segmentation, marketing research and consumer behavior.

  • MKTG6012 This course addresses the set of strategic and tactical decisions that marketers need to make to be able to create, communicate and deliver value to selected target markets. The course will address such topics as: segmentation, targeting and positioning; new product development and launch; management of brand equity; and product, price, distribution, and promotional strategy. Students will critique firms? marketing strategies that illustrate these issues. Students will also be responsible for integrating these concepts into a marketing plan for a new product.

  • MKTG6112 Social media strategy explores current social media platforms and their role in a company's marketing communication strategy, facilitating customer relationships, product innovation, and brand equity. Specifically, the course examines how to create and implement a social media campaign, measure and track its performance, and utilize appropriate analytic metrics and software platforms. Social media will be examined as part of a larger Integrated Marketing Communication strategy. In addition, it will briefly cover social media's potential role in overall business operations. Applicable consumer behavior, communication, and advertising theories will be covered.