Department of Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Department of Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Buffalo, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Programs of Study

The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs of study leading to Ph.D., M.S., and M.A. degrees, with specializations in molecular biology, genetics, biological chemistry, cell biology, evolutionary biology, developmental biology, plant science, physiology (cellular, comparative, and endocrine), bioinformatics, neuroscience (molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral), skeletal muscle, and sensory transduction.

The Ph.D. and M.S. programs are designed to give the student a comprehensive understanding of living organisms and the background and experience required for carrying out independent research. While course work is required, the emphasis of these programs is on research training.

A faculty adviser, assigned to each entering student, is responsible for advising the student on the appropriate coursework for the first year of study. By the end of the second semester, Ph.D. students select a research adviser, and by the fourth semester of study, they must pass an examination that includes the preparation of an original research proposal and an oral exam covering the proposal and areas of biology pertinent to their studies.

A weekly seminar program with distinguished national and international speakers provides students with the latest information on current biological research.

Research Facilities

The department is exceptionally well equipped for research and teaching. The research laboratories are housed in a modern building, with such adjunct facilities as instrument shops, animal quarters, and a greenhouse. Major instrumentation and equipment are available, including a 750-MHz NMR spectrometer, fluorescence and electron microscopes, and phosphorimagers.

The department has extensive computer resources. Programs for protein and nucleic acid sequence analysis, molecular modeling and molecular dynamics simulations of macromolecules are accessible through high-quality graphics terminals and desktop microcomputers. Mainframe computer access is provided to all graduate students.

Financial Aid

Most graduate students qualify for financial assistance in the form of fellowships, traineeships, and research or teaching assistantships. For 2012-13, Ph.D. appointments provide stipends that range from $22,000 to $28,000 per calendar year, plus full tuition costs. In addition, employer-paid health-care insurance covering medical, dental, and vision services is provided for all stipend-supported students and their dependents.

Student Group

Total enrollment at the university exceeds 28,860, with total enrollment of part- and full-time graduate and professional students in excess of 9,757. The Department of Biological Sciences enrolls about 70 full-time graduate students from around the world.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the doctoral program are routinely successful in securing excellent postdoctoral and professional positions. Recent graduates have accepted positions at many outstanding institutions, including NIH, Princeton University, Yale University, NIEHS, Harvard University, and Scripps Institute.


University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, is located in the second-largest city in New York State. The city is conveniently located near outstanding boating, swimming, hiking, camping, and skiing areas. Only a short drive away are the cities of Toronto and Niagara Falls and the world-famous Stratford (Canada) Shakespeare Festival.

The cultural attractions of Buffalo include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, science and historical museums, several permanent professional theater companies, and numerous amateur theater groups. Buffalo also has several professional sports teams, including football, hockey, and minor-league Triple-A baseball.

The University at Buffalo and Its Department of Biological Sciences

Founded in 1846 as the University of Buffalo, the University at Buffalo is today the largest single unit and the most comprehensive graduate center in the State University of New York system. Graduate enrollment, faculty recruitment, research, and public service programs receive significant university support. The pace of these achievements has been greatly accelerated by the university's strategic planning initiative, which has provided increased funding for research and facility improvement.

There are currently 26 departmental faculty members. Faculty members regularly collaborate with colleagues in many departments, as well as those of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences ( Funded research in the department is currently more than $2.75 million annually. The research interests of the faculty members are listed in the Faculty and Their Research section.


To be considered for special university fellowships that supplement the regular assistantships, applications must be received by January 1. These fellowships provide substantial additional support, so all students are encouraged to apply by January 1. All other applications for admission to the program and for financial assistance should be filed by January 15 but applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled .

Applications should be submitted online by selecting the desired biological sciences degree at All students are expected to be proficient in the use of spoken and written English. Results of the TOEFL are required for all international applicants.

Location & Contact

Department of Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
United States

Dr. Gerald Koudelka


Phone: 716-645-4940
Fax: 716-645-2975

Dr. Michael Yu

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 716-645-4931
Fax: 716-645-2975

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 20
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • 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? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


18% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 167
    • Accepted 31
    • Acceptance Rate 18
    • Enrolled 24
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 1st January 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st November 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, 2 semesters of course work in calculus, and course work in chemistry through organic chemistry, strong biology background
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, 2 semesters of course work in calculus, and course work in chemistry through organic chemistry, strong biology background
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 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 submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students83
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students83
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian51%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian39%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty32
    • Full-time Percentage84%
    • Part-time Percentage16%
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBiochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, biotechnology, botany, cell biology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, molecular biology, microbiology, neuroscience, physiology, plant physiology, plant sciences, structural biology, virology, zoology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$2,700,000