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

About the Program: 

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

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.

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.

Program Requirements: 

Biology Courses at the 600-level* 12-15 credits

Science Education Courses 9 credits
SCI 628 Seminar in Secondary Science Education
SCI 632 Curricular Trends in Secondary School Science
SCI 685 Evaluation in Science Education

Biology Elective Course 3 credits

Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis 3-6 credits
Select one option:
BIO 690 Master’s Project
BIO 695 Master’s Thesis (6)

Total Required Credit Hours 30 credits

*Selected under advisement

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated


Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Science Building 261
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5203 •  Fax: (716) 878-4028