Biology & Botany Master of Science Application Checklist

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

 

Requirements for admission to the MS in Biological Sciences program (Classified Status):

1. A baccalaureate in biological sciences (or related field) from an accredited institution, or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Studies.

2. GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units of course work taken as an undergraduate. This can include any courses taken post-baccalaureate or in another graduate degree program.

3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (general test). A minimum combined score (verbal and quantitative) of 1000, and an analytical score of 3.5 or higher on the general exam is recommended.4. Letter of Intent describing the applicants experience and goals as they pertain to the pursuit of a Master’s of Science in Biology.

5. Two letters of recommendation.  Applicants must submit this waiver for each letter of recommendation.

6. Identify a member of the Department of Biological Sciences faculty who has agreed to serve as a thesis advisor.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria can be admitted to the program under a Conditionally Classified Status at the discretion of the department.

To apply to the program, the following items must be sent to:

Graduate School
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0875
  1. Graduate Application for Admission and Residency Questionnaire (additional information)
  2. All transcripts from accredited institutions attended since high school (community colleges and universities)
  3. Test Scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Aptitude Test. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate School. Allow at least six weeks for processing.

Note: We expect prospective students to contact faculty and inquire about possible research projects. Student initiative, interest, and enthusiasm can be very important, and the most successful graduate students enter with a clear research goal and a commitment from a faculty member.

Advising: Students should consult with faculty in their area of interest regarding classes to take during the first semester. All graduate students must take Biology 600 their first fall semester.