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Biological Sciences Department

MS - Biological Sciences, Concentration in Organismal Biology, Conservation and Ecology

Completing Requirements for the MS - Biological Sciences, Concentration in Organismal Biology, Conservation and Ecology

See the introduction to department graduate programs for policies governing admission to classified standing for all master's programs in biology. All students, in consultation with their graduate faculty advisor and committee members, must prepare a master's degree program for approval by the Department Graduate Coordinator and the Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies and Research.

Students in this degree program emphasize botany, entomology, zoology or conservation biology through choice of advisor, committee, course work and thesis.

A Master of Science degree in Marine Science is available through San José State University at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. See appropriate section of this catalog.


Course Requirements

Graduate Competency in Writing0
At SJSU, students must pass the graduate competency in writing requirement. For information on the Competency in Writing Requirement, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
A grade of %u201CB%u201D or better in BIOL 202 will satisfy the graduate competency in writing requirement
Requirements of the Masters30
Core Courses4
BIOL 201. Graduate Seminar in Biological Sciences1
BIOL 202. Graduate Studies in Biology3
BIOL 298. Research4-7
Additional Courses1-4
BIOL 218. Evolution3
BIOL 256. Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis3
BIOL 255E. Seminar in Advanced Biology: Organismal Biology3
Culminating Experience1
BIOL 299. Master's Thesis or Project1
Electives9-12
BIOL 255E. Seminar in Advanced Biology: Organismal Biology3-12
BIOL 255P. Seminar in Advanced Biology: Physiology3
BIOL 255M. Seminar in Advanced Biology: Molecular and Microbiology3
BIOL 255L. Advanced Biology Laboratory3
100- or 200-level courses chosen with advisor consent

Total Units:30

All students must demonstrate competency in written English. A public seminar on the thesis must be given.