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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding and competency in a subdiscipline of specialization within the biological sciences.
  2. Communicate scientific ideas effectively in both oral and written formats.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to think critically and evaluate, design, conduct, and quantitatively analyze or assess research in a biological discipline.
  4. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed for employment or advanced graduate or professional study in discipline related areas.
Required Courses
Select from the following:8
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Biology of Organisms
Population Biology
BIO 560Graduate Professional Seminar2
BIO 561Proposal Writing for Biological Research3
BIO 590Seminar in Biology3
BIO 591Biology Colloquium2
BIO 599Thesis9
Select from the following:4
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Design and Analysis of Experiments I
Applied Regression Analysis
Additional units at the 400 or 500 level. 114
Total units45

All 45 units must be acceptable for graduate credit and in accordance with Graduate Guidelines of the Biological Sciences Department. Coursework must include 32 units taken within the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly. For further information, students should communicate with the Chair of the Biological Sciences Department or with the Director of the Graduate and Research Committee.