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Biology Education (7-12), M.S.Ed

About the Program

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The master of science in biology education is designed for teachers who wish to combine advanced work in biology with graduate work in education.

About the Biology Department

166 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5203
Fax: (716) 878-4524
http://biology.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).

2. A New York State Certificate of Qualification (CQ), provisional certificate, or initial certificate to teach science, or an approved equivalent.

3. Three letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s academic qualifications.

4. An official transcript of the student’s undergraduate program showing evidence of completion of at least 18 credit hours in biology and satisfactory preparation in chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

5. A written statement of the applicant’s academic background and career goals.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Biology Courses at the 600-level 12-15 cr

Select 12-15 credit hours 1 12-15

Science Education Courses 9 cr
SCI 628 SEMINAR IN SECONDARY SCIENCE EDUCATION 3
SCI 632 CURRICULAR TRENDS IN SCIENCE TEACHING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL 3
SCI 685 EVALUATION IN SCIENCE EDUCATION 3

Biology Elective Course 3 cr

Select 3 credit hours 3

Master's Project or Master's Thesis (3-6 credit hours)
BIO 690 MASTER'S PROJECT 3-6
or BIO 695 RESEARCH THESIS IN BIOLOGY

Total Required Credit Hours 30 cr

1Selected under advisement

Graduation Requirements
1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). The candidate may take no more than 36 credit hours to achieve this average.

2. A minimum of 30 credit hours. Courses in which a candidate earns a grade below C do not bear credit toward the degree but are calculated in the cumulative average.

3. Successful oral presentation of the written master’s project or thesis.

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