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One of the graduation requirements for students majoring in Biology, Environmental Science, or Cell and Molecular Biology is to take and pass the Biology Major Field Test (MFT). Students who have not taken the exam WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO GRADUATE. The Biology MFT is a standardized, national exam from Educational Testing Service and is used at over 300 colleges and universities around the country.

Students should bring two sharpened, #2 pencils (no pens, no mechanical pencils, no calculators) to the exam.

The subject matter covered by the Major Field Test in Biology is organized into four major areas: cell biology; molecular biology and genetics; organismal biology; and population biology, evolution, and ecology. The test contains approximately 150 multiple-choice questions, a number of which are grouped in sets and based on descriptions of laboratory and field situations, diagrams, or experimental results. For more information about the exam, click on this link,  http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/MFT/pdf/mft_samp_questions_biology.pdf and review the Sample Test Questions to get a sense of what will be covered on the exam.

All biology, cell and molecular, and environmental science majors are required to take and pass the Major Field Test (MFT) in order to graduate. The MFT is on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 3:15PM to 6:30PM, in Donahue Auditorium that is located on the first floor of the Dolan Center for Science & Technology.

Excused absences from the exam will be provided ONLY for extraordinary circumstances. Students are required to submit excused absence documentation through the Office of Academic Advising. 

Students who miss the exam for unexcused reasons will not be permitted to take the exam until the next time it is offered, probably in January 2021; note that in such circumstances a student has not officially completed a degree requirement, and until the student takes the MFT and passes, the (degree evaluation) graduation application status is incomplete. 

Student registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) who will take the MFT exam in the SAS test room should schedule their exam no later than December 4, 2019.  Please call (216) 397-4967 or email: SAS@jcu.edu to schedule this exam.