Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.)

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Biological Sciences


PO Box 6000

Binghamton, NY 13902

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

For graduate students in Biology a combination of courses, seminars, individual and team research, and faculty-student interactions provide the foundation for a dynamic learning environment. We stress breadth and depth of knowledge while teaching the research skills necessary for successful careers or further study in the life sciences. The Graduate Program at Binghamton has two tracks: Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology (BCMB) and Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB). With the help of their faculty advisors, some students combine these tracks for their degree. From understanding the human body and how to battle disease, to understanding the physiology of animals and plants throughout the globe, you will find faculty to help guide you on an individualized course of study. The university also has research teams working in a variety of cutting-edge areas such as biomedical technology, evolutionary studies, and watershed studies. Our facilities include a state-of-the-art Research Greenhouse, DNA lab, Molecular Anthropology Lab, and Ecological Research Facility. Our campus is also adjoining to two nature preserves, which continue to offer students the opportunity for field research. The Master of Arts in Biology is a non-thesis degree for students who want to expand their knowledge of the biological sciences primarily through coursework. The degree is designed to be completed in one year. The M.S. degree allows students to expand their background in a particular area of the biological sciences and to gain experience in research. It provides preparation for future doctoral work, as well as for employment in industry. The Ph.D. is a research degree. Entering graduate students must affiliate with a professor, form a four-person supervisory committee and begin research in the first semester. Students who earn their degree are prepared for higher-level careers in government and industry. Graduate students in our program also have excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary studies. We have extensive collaborations with faculty and students in the Departments of Anthropology, Chemistry, Geography, Geological Sciences, Philosophy, Physics and Psychology, and with faculty in the Schools of Education, Nursing, Management and Engineering. Binghamton alumni have successful careers as faculty at prominent research universities, in industry, government agencies, consulting firms, conservation organizations, and in the health professions. We invite you to explore our Graduate School website to learn more about our program, and to read faculty and alumni profiles.


Binghamton University - SUNY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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