Department of Biology College of Arts and Sciences Adelphi University

Department of Biology College of Arts and Sciences Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
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Adelphi University Offers Graduate Degrees in Biology with an Optional Concentration in Biotechnology

The Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Adelphi University provides a high-caliber, master's-level foundation in all areas of biology. The Master of Science program prepares students for more than 200 biology-related careers and provides solid groundwork for professional training in medicine, dentistry, public health, and other health sciences. The course work covers topics including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, marine biology, microbiology and molecular biology. Small graduate classes at Adelphi's campus in Garden City, New York, set the stage for stimulating faculty member-student interactions.

The Department of Biology also offers a Master of Science in Biology with a concentration in biotechnology. This program combines a science foundation with business preparation to prepare students for careers in biotechnology. The program offers two tracks, a research thesis track (33-36 credits) and a scholarly paper track (36 credits).

Laboratory Research and Field Training

Adelphi's graduate programs in biology and biotechnology focus on developing students' ability to analyze data, think scientifically, and understand the experimental basis of current biological knowledge. Graduate students have many opportunities to work on faculty research projects and perform field work for credit or as volunteers.

Recently selected faculty research projects have focused on such topics as: endangered fish, fisheries and environmental science; evolutionary biology; plant molecular genetics; and the effects of xenobiotics on the cellular mechanisms of development and disease.

The Department of Biology is located on Adelphi's campus in Garden City, New York. Beautifully landscaped with lavish rose gardens and more than 60 species of trees and shrubs, the 75-acre campus was officially designated as an arboretum in 2002.

Graduate Student Research Investigates Varied Topics

In recent years, biology graduate students have completed theses on many interesting and unusual topics, such as: "A New Method of Single-Cell Gene Expression Analysis by cDNA Synthesis, Barcoding and Sequencing" and "Neuro-Engineering: Spinal Cord Injury Repair Using Stem Cells and Nerve Graft Bridges."

Master of Science in Biology

Graduate students in Adelphi's Master of Science in Biology program have the option of following a 33-credit course of study that requires a research thesis or a 36-credit course of study that requires a scholarly paper. The comprehensive curriculum includes graduate courses such as: Ecological Systems, Scientific Computer Graphics, Introduction to Biotechnology, Graduate Genetics, Cancer Biology, Cell Culture Techniques and Virology. Departmental facilities include modern equipment for molecular biology, cell and tissue culture and microscopy. Students use these facilities for graduate research in cellular and molecular biology, immunology, genetics, evolution, and ecology.

M.S. in Biology with a Biotechnology Concentration

The unique curriculum of Adelphi's biotechnology concentration combines a solid foundation in the sciences with training in business. This interdisciplinary approach gives students the expertise to succeed in both scientific and business environments, including universities, hospitals, cancer research, laboratory medicine, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The biotechnology concentration includes critical training in laboratory safety, research ethics, and 21st century instrumentation and techniques. Hospital internships and internships in other medical and industry settings give students invaluable firsthand experience.

Added Value

Established in 1896, Adelphi University is a fully accredited, private university with nearly 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and returning-adult students in the arts and sciences, business, allied health, clinical psychology, education, nursing, and social work. Academic experts have chosen Adelphi University as the gold standard for northeastern colleges. Noted for high academic standards and reasonable tuition costs, the private liberal arts university has also been recognized as a best buy in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for eight straight years. Adelphi was also selected as a Best College in the Northeast by "The Princeton Review" and a Top College by "Forbes". ranked us in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide in return on investment.

Adelphi University

Adelphi University is a private university located in Garden City, New York, just 23 miles from Manhattan, where its students take advantage of numerous cultural and internship opportunities. Founded in 1896, it is the oldest coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island.

Adelphi Faculty and Research Facilities

Adelphi University's commitment to excellence in education is evidenced by its major investments in university research facilities, infrastructure and state-of-the-art computer technology as well as its success in attracting nationally recognized educators to their faculty. In recent years, Adelphi faculty members have been recognized as Fulbright Scholars and Hartford Scholars.

An exceptional research facility, Adelphi's Swirbul Library contains 600,000 volumes, 806,000 microformats, 33,000 audiovisual items, and online access to more than 61,000 electronic journal titles and 221 research databases.

Adelphi Offers Five Convenient Campuses in the New York City Metro Area

Adelphi University has five locations in the New York metropolitan area offering select academic programs. The Garden City campus, the Hauppauge Education and Conference Center and the Sayville Downtown Center are on Long Island. The Manhattan Center is situated in the historic SoHo neighborhood of New York City. The Hudson Valley Center is located north of New York City in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Location & Contact

Department of Biology

College of Arts and Sciences
Adelphi University

One South Avenue PO Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
United States

Dr. Alan Schoenfeld


Phone: 516-877-4211

Ms. Christine Murphy

Director of Admissions

Phone: 516-877-3050
Fax: 516-877-3039

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 18
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesbachelor's degree in biology or allied sciences, essay, and 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students44
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students44
    • Part-time Percentage32%
    • Full-time Percentage68%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American12%
    • White / Caucasian39%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian30%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown4%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchPlant-animal interactions, physiology (plant, cornea), reproductive behavior, topics in evolution, fish biology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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