Biological Sciences Department

MS - Biological Sciences, Concentration in Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Completing Requirements for the MS - Biological Sciences, Concentration in Molecular Biology and Microbiology

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 of Graduate Studies.

Students in this degree program emphasize molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, immunology or microbiology 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
Requirements of the Masters30
Core Courses16-18
BIOL 201. Graduate Seminar in Biological Sciences1
BIOL 202. Graduate Studies in Biology3
BIOL 205. Advanced Molecular Techniques4
BIOL 220. Science Communication3
BIOL 256. Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis3
Complete one course from:
BIOL 215. Seminar in Advanced Genetics3
BIOL 255M. Advanced Topics:Molecular & Microbiology3
Additional Courses1-4
BIOL 210. Molecular Mechanisms of Cellular Activation2
BIOL 233. Immunological Techniques3
BIOL 255L. Advanced Biology Laboratory1-4
BIOL 255M. Advanced Topics:Molecular & Microbiology1-4
MICR 270. Advanced Virology3
Other courses chosen with advisor consent
Culminating Experience5-12
BIOL 298. Research4-10
BIOL 299. Master's Thesis or Project1-2
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.