This master of arts program offers advanced instruction and research in many areas of biology. The degree program includes lectures, colloquia, seminars, laboratory work, and fieldwork. Thesis research is conducted in one of the department's many laboratories, where faculty and students study cell, molecular, developmental, and behavioral biology. This degree prepares students to work in laboratories in academia as well as in biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies, and government laboratories within agencies such as the EPA or FDA. It also provides master's-level research training for biology teachers. Students receiving this degree are well prepared to go on to earn their doctorate. The CUNY Ph.D. prepares students to teach at the college level and perform independent research in academia as well as in industrial and governmental labs.