Apr 18, 2024  
2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog

Biology, Ecology Concentration, M.A.

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(Major Code: 04201) (SIMS Code: M.A. 771416)

Advancement to Candidacy

All students must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy, including the language other than English requirement for the Master of Arts degree, as stated in Requirements for Master’s Degrees . Presenting a successful thesis proposal (as indicated by submission of a completed thesis proposal form) is required to be advanced to candidacy.

Specific Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Biology

In addition to meeting the requirements for classified graduate standing and the basic requirements for the master’s degree as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees  the student must complete a graduate program of 30 units of upper division and graduate courses selected, with the approval of the graduate adviser, from the biological sciences as listed below, or from closely related fields.

At Least 15 of the Units Selected

At least 15 of the units selected must be in 600- and 700-numbered courses, including

A Maximum of Six Units

A maximum of six units of the required 30 units may be selected from acceptable courses offered in the College of Education. A reading knowledge of scientific French, German, Russian, or Spanish, and a final oral examination in the field of the thesis and its implications in the broad fields of biology are also required.


The overall program emphasizes quantitative approaches to ecological research and the framing of problems within the general context of ecological theory. Faculty and student research currently falls into the areas of marine ecology, plant community ecology and primary productivity, physiological plant ecology, animal population ecology and energetics, ecological genetics, ecosystems management, and systems ecology. Program adviser, Long.

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