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Master in Natural Science

Photo of students working in a labOur master’s in natural science allows you to:

  • develop the knowledge, skills, experience and credentials to pursue a successful career in your field;
  • have easy access to the 6 million acre Adirondack National Park and Lake Champlain to conduct your field research;
  • advance your career in the sciences;
  • study with faculty that are actively involved in research.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Natural Science (30 credits)

Students entering the M.S. program choose a major concentration in one of three areas: environmental sciences, biology and chemistry. Within those concentrations, they can work with current faculty who are conducting research in a variety of areas. Current program strengths are in ecology/field biology and biochemistry.

The program is supported by three departments (earth and environmental sciences, biology and chemistry) and administered by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Students have a three-member faculty committee to guide their program with a primary faculty advisor from that committee.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission include:

  • a baccalaureate degree in a science discipline from an accredited higher education institution, as evidenced by an official transcript;
  • a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale;
  • a faculty advisor from a participating department. Students should contact the program coordinator or individual faculty to find an advisor. Students will not be admitted without a faculty advisor;
  • satisfactory score on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • three letters of reference indicating the candidate's ability and suitability to pursue graduate studies.

Graduate Advisory Committee

Each candidate for the degree must have a minimum 3 member graduate advisory committee including a primary advisor from a SUNY Plattsburgh science department.

Photo of a student in the lab examinining microscopic life-forms on a large format monitorResearch Thesis or Final Project (6-9 credits)

  • Thesis Option - up to 9 credits in biology, chemistry or environmental science
    • Students conduct a research-based Master's Thesis project
    • Thesis credits should be taken as BIO 595, CHE 595 or ENV 595
  • Project Option - up to 6 credits

Final Defense/Evaluation

An oral defense/evaluation of the thesis or the project must be completed no later than 30 days before the date for graduation. The evaluation format will be determined by the student's graduate advisory committee.

More Information

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about natural science at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Timothy B. Mihuc, Coordinator
Office: Beaumont Hall 207
Phone: (518) 564-3038
Fax: (518) 564-3036