Admission to Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  2. Completion of an undergraduate major in biology or associated fields (e.g., microbiology, botany, zoology or chemistry with at least 30 quarter units of upper-division biology course work);
  3. One year each of laboratory courses in: general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics;
  4. One full-term course in basic calculus or methods in calculus;
  5. Upper division courses in cellular or molecular biology, genetics, ecology, and organismal biology. Students lacking one of these courses may be admitted to the program, but must make up the deficiency in their first year. Students will not be permitted to enroll in 600-level biology courses without the appropriate prerequisite course. Graduate-level courses may have additional prerequisites;
  6. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") in all courses used for credit in the major;
  7. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  8. Submission to the Department of Biology Graduate Committee, scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) including advanced testing in biology;
  9. Submission to the Department of Biology Graduate Committee a one-page, typewritten statement of the student's preparation for graduate study, goals in the graduate training program, potential area of research and possible advisor (for thesis option) and professional goals following completion of the M.S.;
  10. Submission of three letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to make relevant comments on the student's intent and potential for success in the M.S. program. At least two of the letters should be from current or former college or university faculty familiar with the student's scholarship and related activities.

Application deadlines for fall, winter and spring quarter admission are May 1, October 1, and January 15, respectively.

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