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 Vice President of Graduate Studies and Research.

Students in this degree program emphasize molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, immunology or microbiology through choice of advisor, committee, course work and thesis.

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
Requirements of the Masters30
Core Courses16
BIOL 201. Graduate Seminar in Biological Sciences0.5
BIOL 202. Graduate Studies in Biology3
BIOL 205. Advanced Molecular Techniques4
BIOL 215. Seminar in Advanced Genetics2
BIOL 220. Science Communication3
BIOL 256. Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis3
Additional Courses1-4
BIOL 210. Molecular Mechanisms of Cellular Activation2
BIOL 233. Immunological Techniques3
BIOL 255L. Advanced Biology Laboratory1-4
BIOL 255M. Seminar in Advanced Biology: Molecular and Microbiology1-4
MICR 270. Advanced Virology3
Other courses chosen with advisor consent
Culminating Experience2-6
BIOL 298. Research1-4
BIOL 299. Master's Thesis or Project1-4
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.