Requirements

Degree Requirements (45 units)

Plan I: Thesis Program

  1. BIOL 601. Teaching Assistant Training in Biology (2)
  2. BIOL 690. Graduate Seminar in Biology (2)
  3. BIOL 692. Graduate Research Methods in Biology (2)
  4. BIOL 699A. Thesis Research and Thesis I (3)
  5. BIOL 699B. Thesis Research and Thesis II (3)
  6. BIOL 699C. Thesis Research and Thesis III (3)
  7. Five of the 600-level courses in Biology listed under "Course Categories" A, B, and C. (List follows Plan II below.) At least one of these must be taken from each of the three categories (minimum of 10 units.) Course categories are:
    1. Cellular and Molecular Biology
    2. Physiology and Organismal Biology
    3. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  8. Twenty units of electives to be chosen from biology or related courses at the 600-, 500- and 400-levels (excluding BIOL 601). A maximum of 12 units from any combination of BIOL 596, BIOL 692, and BIOL 696 may be applied toward the student's degree. Courses taken outside the department to fulfill this requirement require prior approval of the Graduate Committee and thesis advisor.

Plan II: Non-Thesis Program

  1. BIOL 601. Teaching Assistant Training in Biology (2)
  2. BIOL 690. Graduate Seminar in Biology (2)
  3. Eight courses, with a minimum of 16 units, of 600-level courses listed under "Course Categories" below. Must include at least two 600-level courses from each of the following categories:
    1. Cellular and Molecular Biology
    2. Physiology and Organismal Biology
    3. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  4. Twenty-five units of electives to be chosen from biology or related courses at the 600-, 500- and 400-levels, with at least one course in each of the categories (A, B, and C) below. A maximum of six units from any combination of BIOL 596, BIOL 692, and BIOL 696 may be applied toward the student's degree.
  5. Upon completion of all course work, attendance of at least one per quarter Biology Department graduate presentations or selected colloquia, until the comprehensive examination has been passed.
  6. Successfully complete BIOL 999.

Course Categories

  1. Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • BIOL 502. Genetic Engineering (4)
    • BIOL 528. Concepts of Molecular Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 572. Virology (4)
    • BIOL 590A. Senior Seminar: Molecular (2)
    • BIOL 590C. Senior Seminar: Cellular (2)
    • BIOL 590I. Senior Seminar: Microbiology (2)
    • BIOL 592. Recombinant DNA Techniques (4)
    • BIOL 600. Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology (2)
    • BIOL 605. Advanced Topics in Cell Biology (2)
    • BIOL 651. Advanced Topics in Molecular Genetics (2)
    • BIOL 678. Advanced Topics in Microbiology (2)
  2. Physiology and Organismal Biology
    • BIOL 424. Comparative Animal Physiology (6)
    • BIOL 431. Comparative Plant Physiology (6)
    • BIOL 440. Principles of Development (5)
    • BIOL 524. Advanced Vertebrate Morphology (3)
    • BIOL 576. Endocrinology
    • BIOL 573. Immunology (5)
    • BIOL 580. Neurobiology (4)
    • BIOL 590D. Senior Seminar: Physiology (2)
    • BIOL 590F. Senior Seminar: Animal Use (2)
    • BIOL 590J. Senior Seminar: Zoology (2)
    • BIOL 590K. Senior Seminar: Botany (2)
    • BIOL 620. Advanced Topics in Plant Biology (2)
    • BIOL 622. Advanced Topics in Zoology (2)
    • BIOL 624. Advanced Topics in Physiology (2)
    • BIOL 660. Advanced Topics in Development (2)
    • BIOL 675. Advanced Topics in Parasitology (2)
    • BIOL 677. Advanced Topics in Immunology (2)
  3. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    • BIOL 522. Population Genetics (4)
    • BIOL 565. Physiological Ecology (6)
    • BIOL 590B. Senior Seminar: Biosystematics (2)
    • BIOL 590E. Senior Seminar: Ecology (2)
    • BIOL 590G. Senior Seminar: Genetics (2)
    • BIOL 650. Advanced Topics in Genetics (2)
    • BIOL 664. Biosystematics (2)
    • BIOL 670. Advanced Topics in Ecology (2)
    • BIOL 680. Advanced Topics in Evolution (2)

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