Graduate programs

The Department of Biology offers graduate degrees leading to the Master of Arts or Master of Science, and the Master of Arts in Teaching or Master in Teaching Science/ Biology. The department also offers an advanced Ph.D. degree in biology. The latter specialized degree is attained through the successful completion of requirements as stipulated by the department and the student’s research committee (see below).

Admission requirements

Biology M.A./M.S.

Biology M.A.T./M.S.T.

Biology Continuing Teaching License

Biology Ph.D.

Biology M.A./M.S.

See University master's degree requirements. Specific departmental requirements are listed below.

Satisfactory completion of at least 45 credits of approved graduate-level courses required for a master's degree. Students must complete Bi 598 Graduate Research Prospectus, and Bi 599 Graduate Grant Writing in the fall and winter quarters following admission to the program. The student must complete at least 30 credits in the field of biology. No more than 9 credits may be in Bi 503 Thesis. No more than a total of 12 credits may be in Bi 501 and Bi 505 Reading and Conference. No more than a total of 9 credits may be in Bi 507 Seminar. A maximum of 12 credits may be programmed as electives in fields related to biology in consultation with the degree adviser. Successful completion of a final oral examination and a thesis is required. Full time students must complete their degree within 4 years of entry into the program.