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The Department of Biology offers one graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in Biology. Our graduate students in the program specialize in areas of interest such as cell biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology, and systematics and organismal biology. The program is research oriented and requires the completion of a thesis along with required coursework. Students select from over eighty courses to complete the 31 units of coursework required for the program. More than a third of the coursework (12 units) can be earned for thesis research. The rest of the courses are composed of lectures, lab courses, field courses, seminars and colloquia. See the University Catalog for a description of courses available.
All of our graduate students are engaged in original research under the supervision of one of our 34 faculty. A description of the research interests of our faculty can be found here.
Information for Prospective Graduate Students
Admission Process and Requirements
Financial Support: Teaching Associate, Graduate Assistants, Scholarships, Awards, Financial Aid
Frequently Asked Questions from Applicants
Information for Current Graduate Students
Thesis Information: Thesis units, Formatting, Scheduling
Rules and Regulations
Checklist of Steps to Graduation
Frequently Asked Questions by Graduate Students