College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2014-2015

Master of Science in Biology (MS)

Program Coordinators:

General Biology Track: Professor Frank Burbrink

Building 6S, Room 131

Email: frank.burbrink@csi.cuny.edu

Email: biologymasters@csi.cuny.edu

Biotechnology Track: Professor William L'Amoreaux

Building 6S, Room 111

Email: william.lamoreaux@csi.cuny.edu

Email: biologymasters@csi.cuny.edu

Telephone: 718.982.3864

(See section Graduate Courses in Selected Disciplines for biology courses for teachers.)

The Master of Science degree program in Biology is designed to provide research training and experience in the discipline of biology and allow students to specialize in such areas as molecular/cellular experimentation and evolution, ecology, and behavior. The program is an appropriate foundation for students whose current goal is a terminal master’s degree as a credential for laboratory or field research and for students who intend to continue to study toward the doctorate.

The program prepares students for careers in the expanding fields of molecular biology, genetic engineering, and conservation biology. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct research, to evaluate the research of others, and to write and speak effectively in scientific fields. The program opens the door to careers in clinical and research laboratories, industry, teaching, science writing, and in governmental agencies in the fields of health, environment, and parks.

Students with initial certification in Adolescence Education* (Biology) wishing to obtain professional certification in Biology will complete a program of 33 graduate credits. Students in the program enroll in ESC 601 (3 credits) and BIO 799 (6 credits) with others in their cohort. In addition to the courses listed above, they are required to take EDS 694 Advanced Studies in Teaching Secondary School Science (3 credits). Students who choose this program of study will complete a thesis with guidance from faculty of the Departments of Biology and Education.

*Approved by University Governance; pending NYSED approval.

Biology Admissions Requirements

The Department of Biology Graduate Admissions Committee makes all decisions regarding admission to the program as a matriculated or non-matriculated student. Applicants are required to submit a CSI Graduate Admissions Application and a Department of Biology application.

  1. BS in Biology degree from an accredited college (students in the last semester of undergraduate study and students with a baccalaureate in another discipline may also be considered for admission).
  2. Overall GPA of 2.75 (B-) and a GPA of 3.0 (B) in undergraduate science and mathematics courses.
  3. Two letters of recommendation testifying to the applicant’s ability to complete successfully the program of graduate study.
  4. General Aptitude Test and the Advanced Test in Biology of the Graduate Record Examination.
  5. A grade of 550 on the TOEFL test is required of all applicants for whom English is a second language.

Non-matriculated status: Applicants who meet most, but not all, of the admissions requirements may be considered for admission with non-matriculated status.

Retention in the Program

A minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) is required for the 30 credits of required courses. For the degree, students may choose between two tracks: the general biology track (A) and the biotechnology track (B).

Students in the traditional track may choose between a research-based thesis option or a non-thesis option. For those students who will pursue a research-based option in the traditional track, six credits may be allocated to thesis research (BIO 799). In the general biology track, three courses are required of all candidates: BIO 603, BIO 605, and ESC 601. The remaining courses, 21 credits, will be chosen according to the student’s career goals with faculty guidance. Prior to the completion of 15 credits, students pursuing a research degree are required to present their thesis research proposal to their Thesis Committee. The student's Committee will consist of at least three members, two of whom must be faculty in the Department of Biology, including the student's adviser. Non-thesis students will select a three-member examination committee, who will administer and exit examination based upon the coursework undertaken during the degree program.

In the biotechnology track, the coursework that constitutes the 30 credits includes BIO 603, BIO 706, BIO 708, BIO 743, BIO 751, BIO 799, and BIO 894. BIO 894 (Internship in Biotechnology) is designed to place the student in a biotechnology laboratory where he/she will apply the principles acquired in the academic curriculum to a research project. A thesis is required of all students in the biotechnology track.

By the end of the first year, all students must provide evidence of proficiency in scientific writing and communication, computer skills, and statistics.

Transfer Credits

Acceptance of any graduate course taken elsewhere toward the requirements of a CSI degree is at the discretion of the coordinator of the graduate program. A maximum of nine credits of courses taken elsewhere within The City University may be applied to the MS in Biology with approval of the program coordinator. Alternately, for courses taken outside of CUNY, a maximum of six credits may be accepted for transfer. A grade of 3.0 (B) is the minimum grade accepted for transfer credit.

Master of Science in Biology Degree Requirements*

Master of Science in Biology Degree Requirements: 30 credits

Students may choose either the General Biology Track or the Biotechnology Track in order to complete the Master of Science in Biology.

Track A: General Biology Requirements for both thesis and non-thesis students.

30 credits

BIO 603

Scientific Communication

3 credits

BIO 605

Statistical Analysis

3 credits

ESC 601

The Biosphere and Our Species

3 credits

 

Of the remaining 21 credits required for partial fulfillment of the Master of Science in Biology degree, students may choose from the following courses. If the student is matriculated at the College of Staten Island as an undergraduate, they may not repeat the more advanced course for credit.

BIO 705

Biology of Cancer

3 credits

BIO/ESC 722

Marine Ecology

3 credits

BIO/ESC 727

Conservation Biology

3 credits

BIO 730

Principles and Methods of Systematics, Evolution, and Phylogeny

3 credits

BIO/ESC 735

Biogeography

3 credits

BIO 740

Advanced Microscopy

3 credits

BIO/ESC 743

Cellular Toxicology

3 credits

BIO 750

Laboratory Methods in Molecular Genetics

3 credits

BIO 751

Molecular Genetics

3 credits

BIO 760

Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics

3 credits

BIO 761

Mathematical Methods in Biology

3 credits

BIO 771

Principles of Epidemiology

3 credits

BIO 799

Thesis Research

0-6 credits

BIO 891-894

Independent Study

0-8 credits

 

In satisfying these 21 credits, students may take up to nine credits in other departments at CSI, at other senior colleges in CUNY, or at the Graduate School.

 

 

Track B: Biotechnology Requirements

30 credits

BIO 603

Scientific Communication

3 credits

BIO 706

Introduction to Biotechnology

3 credits

BIO 708

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory

3 credits

BIO 740

Advanced Microscopy

3 credits

BIO/ESC 743

Cellular Toxicology

3 credits

BIO 751

Molecular Genetics

3 credits

BIO 799

Thesis Research

4 credits

BIO 891-894

Independent Study

8 credits

NOTE: There are no electives in the Biotechnology Track.

*Changes reflected in this catalog are pending NYSED approval.

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Graduate Catalog 2014-2015

Message from the President

About the College

Admissions

Registrar

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Services/Student Services

Graduate Degrees and Certificate Programs

CUNY Doctoral Degree Programs

Graduate Programs, Disciplines, and Course Offerings

Master of Science in Accounting (MS)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Certificate

Master of Science in Biology (MS)

Master of Science in Business Management (MS)

Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA)

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

Graduate Programs in Education

Master of Arts in English (MA)

Master of Science in Environmental Science (MS)

Master of Arts in History (MA)

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MA)

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Master of Science in Neuroscience, Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disabilities (MS)

Graduate Programs in Nursing

Master of Science in Adult - Gerontological Nursing (MS)

Advanced Certificate Programs

Nursing Courses

Clinical Doctorate Programs in Nursing

Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing (DNP)

Doctorate of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements

Clinical Nursing Doctorate Degree Requirements

Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence: 9 credits

Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education: 12 credits

Doctoral Nursing Courses

BIO 670 Pathophysiological Concepts in Health and Illness

NRS 682 Advanced Pharmacology

NRS 700 Transcultural Concepts and Issues in Health Care

NRS 701 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 702 Advanced Health Assessment

NRS 703 Teaching and Learning for Cultural Competence Development

NRS 704 Cultural Competence in Health Care Project

NRS 705 Health Organizations, Policy, Financing, and Ethics

NRS 706 Applied Statistical Thinking and Methods in Health Research

NRS 711 Health Care Program Development

NRS 712 Nurse as Educator

NRS 720 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Community Settings

NRS 721 Role Practicum: Adults in Community Settings

NRS 722 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Acute Care Settings

NRS 723 Role Practicum: Adults in Acute Care Settings

NRS 724 Case Management for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 725 Primary Health Care Adult-Gerontology

NRS 726 Primary Health Care Adult- Gerontology II

NRS 727 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care I

NRS 728 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care II

NRS 730 Evidence Based Nursing for Advanced Practice

NRS 750 Curriculum in Nursing

NRS 754 Evaluation in Nursing Education

NRS 755 Application of Leadership Models in Professional Practice

NRS 756 Technological Integrations

NRS 757 Professional Nursing Bioethics

NRS 758 Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education

NRS 759 Clinical Finance & Management

NRS 760 Practicum in Nursing Education

NRS 761 Advanced Therapeutics

NRS 762 Integrative Practice Proposal (Capstone I)

NRS 763 Intergrative Practice Application (Captsone II)

NRS 799 Thesis Option

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Program Overview

Accreditation Status

Program Goals

Graduation, Enrollment, Licensure Pass Rates

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Admission, Application, Progression and Retention Requirements

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Requirements

Clinical Affiliations

Program FAQS

Physical Therapy Courses

PHT 70100 Clinical Anatomy

PHT 70200 Medical Terminology

PHT 70300 Foundations of Patient Care

PHT 70400 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice & Ethics

PHT 70500 Upper Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 70600 Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Practice

PHT 71000 Research Design

PHT 72000 Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology

PHT 73000 Structure and Function of the Nervous System

PHT 74000 PT Interventions and Preventions

PHT 75000 Physical Modalities - Clinical Decision Making and Application

PHT 76000 Lower Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 77000 Directed Research I

PHT 78000 Clinical Medicine for PT

PHT 79500 Integumentary System: Assessment & Intervention

PHT 80000 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Examination

PHT 80100 Pulmonary Evaluation and Interventions

PHT 80200 Clinical Education: Education Theories

PHT 80300 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Orthopedics

PHT 80400 Introduction to Neurological PT

PHT 80500 Musculoskeletal Examination I

PHT 80600 Clinical Affiliation I

PHT 80700 Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

PHT 80800 Differential Diagnosis in Neurological Evaluation

PHT 80900 Directed Research II

PHT 81000 Neurological Interventions I

PHT 81100 Cardiac Rehabilitation

PHT 82000 Clinical Orthopedics II/Radiology and Imaging

PHT 83000 Orthotics & Prosthetics

PHT 84000 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Neurology

PHT 85000 Musculoskeletal Examination II

PHT 86000 Directed Research III

PHT 87000 Health Promotion through the Life Span

PHT 87200 Topics in PT

PHT 88000 Neurological Interventions II

PHT 88100 Seminar on Organization and Management

PHT 88200 Pediatric Development and Assessment

PHT 88300 Pharmacology and Systems Review

PHT 88400 Musculoskeletal Examination III

PHT 88500 Electroneuromyography and Motion Analysis

PHT 88600 Clinical Affiliation II

PHT 88700 Clinical Decision Making

PHT 88800 Directed Research IV

PHT 88950 Clinical Affiliation III

PHT 89000 Clinical Affiliation IV

PHT 90000 Directed Research V

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Master of Social Work (MSW) Mission and Goals

Master of Social Work (MSW) Admission Requirements

Master of Social Work (MSW) Dismissal, Probation, Continuation and Graduation

Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree Requirements

Social Work Courses

Topics Courses and Independent Study

Graduate Courses in Selected Disciplines

American Studies Courses

Art Courses

Biology Courses

Computer Science Courses

Dramatic Arts Courses

Environmental Science Courses

Geography Courses

History Courses

Mathematics Courses

Political Science Courses

Science Courses

Appendix

Travel Information

Index