Biological Sciences Department

MS - Biological Sciences, Concentration in Physiology

Completing Requirements for the MS - Biological Sciences, Concentration in Physiology

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 Dean for Graduate Studies.

Students in this degree program emphasize plant or animal physiology through choice of advisor, committee, course work and thesis or project.

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
A grade of 'B' or better in BIOL 202 will satisfy the graduate competency in writing requirement
Requirements of the Masters30
At least 15 units must be 200-level courses.
Core Courses8-14
BIOL 201. Graduate Seminar in Biological Sciences1
BIOL 202. Graduate Studies in Biology3
BIOL 298. Research4-10
Additional Courses5-6
Complete two courses from:
BIOL 227. Advanced Physiology/Pharmacology Laboratory3
BIOL 230. Comparative Animal Physiology3
BIOL 255P. Seminar in Advanced Biology: Physiology1-4
Culminating Experience1
BIOL 299. Master's Thesis or Project1
BIOL 255E. Advanced Topics: Ecology and Evolution1-4
BIOL 255L. Advanced Biology Laboratory1-4
BIOL 255M. Advanced Topics:Molecular & Microbiology1-4
BIOL 255P. Seminar in Advanced Biology: Physiology1-4
100- or 200-level courses chosen with advisor consent

Total Units:30

All students must complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. A public seminar on the thesis must be given.