College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Master of Biology (MS)

Program Coordinator:

General Biology Track: Assistant Professor Lisa Manne

Biotechnology Track: Assistant Professor Lisa Manne

Building 6S, Room 117



Telephone: 718.982.3855

(See section Graduate Course 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 for 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 Department of Biology and the School of Education.

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 complete the online CSI Graduate Admissions Application. The GRE general test is recommended but not required of applicants.

  1. BS in Biology degree from an accredited college (students in the last semester of undergraduate study and students with a baccalaureate in another related 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. 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 advisor. Non-thesis students will select a three-member examination committee, who will administer an 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


Marine Ecology

3 credits


Conservation Biology

3 credits

BIO 730

Principles and Methods of Systematics, Evolution, and Phylogeny

3 credits



3 credits

BIO 740

Advanced Microscopy

3 credits


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 Models 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


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.

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Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

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Graduate Programs, Disciplines, and Course Offerings

Master of Science in Accounting (MS)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Certificate

Advanced Certificate in Business Analytics of Large-Scale Data

Master of 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)

Computer Science Admission Requirements

Computer Science Degree Requirements

Computer Science Courses

Graduate Programs in Education

Master of Science in Childhood Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Adolescence Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Special Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MSEd)

Post Master's Advanced Certificate for Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate for Leadership in Education

Advanced Certificate for Bilingual Extension Certification

Graduate Education Courses

Master of Arts in English (MA)

Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (ME)

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 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

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 & Diagnostic Reasoning

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 I

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 Integrative Practice Application (Capstone II)

NRS 799 Thesis Option

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Program Overview

Accreditation Status

Program Goals

Graduation, Employment, 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 & 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

Public History Advanced Certificate

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

SWK 600 MSW Research I

SWK 601 Readiness for Field

SWK 602 MSW Research II

SWK 605 Ethics and Diversity

SWK 611 MSW HSBE I: The Sociocultural Construction of the Human Experience

SWK 612 MSW HSBE II: The Culture and Development Across the Life Course

SWK 630 Topics in Intimate Partner Violence

SWK 651 MSW Social Work Practice I: Introduction to Integrative Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

SWK 654 MSW Integrative Seminar I

SWK 655 MSW Internship I

SWK 660 MSW Social Work Practice II: Social Work Practice with Groups

SWK 665 MSW Social Work Practice III: Social Work Practice with Communities & Organizations

SWK 670 MSW Social Welfare Policy

SWK 674 MSW Integrative Seminar II

SWK 675 MSW Internship II

SWK 680 Immigration and Social Work Practice

SWK 682 Social Work and Child Welfare

SWK 684 Drugs and Alcohol

SWK 686 Human Sexuality and the Helping Professions

SWK 700 Bridge to Concentration Year for Advanced Standing Students

SWK 702 The Range of the Human Condition in Social Work Practice

SWK 704 Assessment and Formulation in Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities

SWK 706 Modalities of Practice with People with Disabilities

SWK 710 Social Work Macro Practice In Organizations

SWK 712 Social Work Macro Practice: Program Planning and Evaluation

SWK 714 Social Work Macro Practice: Community Organizing and Development

SWK 732 Introduction to Disability Studies for Social Work

SWK 740 Social Work and Disability Studies Policy Practice

SWK 754 MSW Field Internship III

SWK 755 MSW Field Internship IV

SWK 762 Integrative Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities

SWK 764 MSW Integrative Seminar III

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