Hofstra University has received approval from the New York State Office of Higher Education to offer a combined BS/MS program in biology. Students who are enrolled in the BS track can take advantage of the opportunity to earn a master’s in an accelerated amount of time. This course of study allows students to apply 9-12 credits toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Two semesters of independent research, required for completion of the BS degree, may be continued as part of the master’s thesis project.
According to Dr. Maureen Krause, the graduate director for Hofstra’s studies in biology and urban ecology, “The appeal of this program is that undergraduate students can continue the research that they’ve already begun and take it to the next level. For students expecting to take a gap year before applying to professional schools, or those who want to earn their master’s and additional research experience before moving on to their next step – PhD, employment – this is a great fit.” Interested undergraduates should contact Dr. Krause as early as possible in their undergraduate career to maximize their opportunities.
Currently, biology is the most popular undergraduate major at Hofstra. According to a survey of Hofstra alumni who graduated in 2013-14, 96 percent of respondents who majored in biology reported that they were employed or in graduate school.