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Biological Sciences Seminars Available for Viewing

The Biological Sciences Seminars are now available for viewing. The presentations have been transcribed and the transcriptions with PowerPoints are available online.

Graduate Students Wanted

Talented student researchers interested in pursuing the Master of Science degree in biology.  Check out the research interests of our faculty and get in touch with your potential advisor today!

Donor Impact Report now available.

College of Natural Sciences Alumni Reunion:
October 11-12, 2013

Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Master’s Degree Program offered by the Department of Biological Sciences at CSU Chico is designed to help students prepare for a professional career in science.  Training in research expertise is emphasized through a field- or laboratory-based thesis project.

Program goals:

Following the course of training in the M.S. in Biological Sciences, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate, orally and in writing, knowledge of historical and current literature within their chosen field of study (e.g., ecology, cell & molecular biology, botany, microbiology, etc.) including foundational material as well as current directions within the larger field.  Students should be able to articulate how their contributions fit within a larger framework of scientific knowledge and investigation.
  2. Demonstrate, orally and in writing, a basic understanding of experimental design, methods, and data analyses pertinent to their research area, including hypothesis construction and relevant experimental controls. 
  3. Develop and execute a scientific investigation that represents a substantive contribution to their discipline.
  4. Communicate the results of their investigation orally and in writing using an appropriate professional style.