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Biological Sciences BA/MS

(HEGIS: 04.01 BIOLOGY GENERAL, CIP: 26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General)

Department of Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300

Derek Daniels

Lara Hutson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Why study Biological Sciences BA/MS at UB?

The BA/MS program is a research-intensive combined degree program that provides an accelerated path to the Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Students enrolled in the program integrate laboratory and classroom learning experiences. Normally six years are needed to achieve both degrees (four years for the BA and two additional years for the MS). The combined program can be completed in five years. The BA degree is conferred after the fourth year, and the MS degree is conferred upon completion of the program. BA/MS graduates will have outstanding preparation for entry into the research workforce or for further PhD level education in the biological sciences or related fields.

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop a broad background in the biological sciences and achieve an understanding and appreciation of basic biological concepts and principles. They will become proficient in five broad areas of biology: evolutionary biology, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. In addition, students will learn research skills including laboratory procedures, experimental design, and data analysis and interpretation.

The Learning Environment

The research and academic programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are inextricably intertwined. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise and outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.

The curriculum of our undergraduate program emphasizes learning by doing. Our instructional philosophy of “lead with the lab” allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep and state-of-the-art training in all life science disciplines. Our graduate program offers superior training in a supportive, rigorous research environment.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls on UB’s North Campus. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies. Undergraduate laboratory courses are held in 10 teaching laboratories housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo is committed to conducting innovative research and providing outstanding instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department includes both distinguished faculty and upcoming, cutting-edge researchers who teach and conduct research in life sciences in interdisciplinary fields, including Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Sensory Transduction, Genetics, Epigenetics, Neuroscience, Development, Molecular Evolution, Genomics, and Ecology. The breadth of expertise among the faculty and the depth of their dedication fosters an atmosphere of discovery. We have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, as evidenced by the number of department faculty who have won awards for teaching excellence. All courses are taught by full-time faculty. Approximately 40 graduate student TAs assist with undergraduate laboratories each semester.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biological Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

A degree in Biological Sciences is the gateway to a wide variety of careers. The curriculum is ideal preparation for entry into the health industry – including medicine, dentistry, optometry, medical technical fields, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine – as well as research careers in fields as diverse as ecology, evolution, neuroscience, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, and epidemiology. Research careers are prominent at colleges, universities, government agencies (e.g. EPA, CDC, and NIH), pharmaceutical companies, and the biotech industry. The diversity of courses in Biological Sciences also provides a solid foundation for teaching at the secondary, community college, and four-year college levels, as well as for science-focused careers in law, journalism, public policy, and the non-profit sector.

Academic Advising

Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and advisor that can be successful only when both participants regularly share information openly throughout the student’s academic career.

Each student in Biological Sciences is assigned a departmental advisor at the time of acceptance. Students should meet with their departmental advisor at least once per semester concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Advisors are assigned to students based on last name.

CAS Advising Team

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Biological Sciences department presents six scholarships to support research. These scholarships are restricted to Biological Sciences majors and majors in the combined degree programs.

  • The Knobloch Endowment Scholarship
  • The McCroskey Endowment Scholarship
  • Darryl Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Joseph Abate Undergraduate Research Travel Award

Biological Sciences majors will be notified of the application process and deadlines during the Spring semester of each year. Award criteria include both academic achievement and financial need.

Students in this program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

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Associated Subjects

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:37