The Master of Science degree in Biology is research-oriented and awarded on the basis of completion of 24 semester units and the successful completion of a written thesis.

Graduate Studies 

In the Master's Program, students undertake an active research project that culminates in a formal Written Thesis. A total of 24 units of coursework in Biology is required, of which 16 units must be graduate level. This total includes a thesis based on original research. All students must enroll in the graduate seminar when they are in residence.

Biology Courses
Courses taken must be graduate-level courses or upper-division courses approved by the Department of Biology. At least 16 of the required units must be graduate-level course work.
(see Degree Requirements )

Advanced Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Students
For a listing of advanced undergraduate courses for graduate students, please see course descriptions  starting at Bio 310.

Written Thesis
Students consult with their advisors to work out a program of directed scientific research, which results in the presentation of a formal written thesis resulting from the graduate research investigation. (see Degree Requirements )