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The Master of Science Program in Biology is a two-year program in which a student must complete a series of both core and elective courses and engage in independent scientific research that culminates in a thesis. This graduate program is designed to be a flexible degree that can help students reach their career goals, whether that be further study in a doctoral program or employment in science education, health sciences or environmental fields.

In the first semester of the program, the student will choose a research mentor who will provide guidance for the thesis research and help the student set their curriculum. Three members of the student's thesis committee, including the research mentor, will need to be selected by the end of the first year of the program.

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Admission requirements

Requirements for admission as a classified graduate student are a bachelor's degree in biology or a related field with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in upper division courses, and completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) at the graduate level. Students should also have strong motivation in conducting original research. All students should have completed a course in each of the subject areas listed below:

  • Cell Biology or Evolution or Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Upper Division Experimental Laboratory
  • Physiology or Developmental Biology
  • Statistics or Calculus

Students who do not satisfy all these requirements may complete the requirements while enrolled through Extended Education. Students who meet all but one requirement may be admitted as a conditionally classified graduate student at the discretion of the Biology Graduate Committee. They must meet any conditions by the end of the first year as a conditional graduate student.

The Biology Graduate Committee makes all final decisions on graduate admissions.

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Program content

Required Courses

  • Biological Literature
  • Biostatistics
  • Research Techniques in Biology
  • Urban Environmental Science
  • Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Graduate Seminar


  • Directed Reading
  • Directed Research
  • Thesis
  • Biochemistry I
  • Biochemistry I Lab
  • Biochemistry II
  • Biochemistry Laboratory II
  • Remote Sensing and Image Processing
  • Geographic Information Systems

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information


  • Tuition Fees: $8,379 (24 units/2 semesters)
  • Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition ($396/unit): $6,336 (16 units/2 semesters)

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E Victoria St.
90747 Carson California
United States of America

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