Cal Poly

MS Biology

Program Description

This degree program is designed to prepare students for many types of biological work that require advanced training beyond the bachelor's degree, including careers in industry and/or civil service, teaching biological sciences at the elementary, secondary, and community college levels, independent research in the field of specialization, or continued graduate work at other institutions. A research thesis is required.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a broad basic knowledge of the biological sciences.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding and competency in a specific discipline within the biological sciences.
  • Students will be able to communicate scientific ideas effectively in both oral and written formats.
  • Students will be able to think critically and evaluate, design, conduct and quantitatively assess innovative research in a biological discipline.
  • Students will have acquired the skills and knowledge needed for employment or advanced graduate or professional study in discipline related areas.

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Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with an MS in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly typically pursue further graduate work (e.g., PhD or medical programs) or obtain employment in one of the following fields: environmental consulting, teaching, research (e.g., lab manager, research specialist), biotechnology and related industries.

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Units to Degree Completion45
Culminating EventThesis
Letters of Recommendation2
GRERequired
Program Websitebio.calpoly.edu/content/graduate-degrees

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