2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Biology, M.A.

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Program Description

The master’s degree in biology is an academic degree designed for working professionals. The Master of Science option requires completion of original thesis research on some aspect of teaching and learning biology. The Master of Arts option allows for more flexibility due to an increased number of elective units as compared to the Master of Science.

Degree Options

The Master of Arts option is appropriate for those who are clearing their credential, or who wish to take more biology coursework to supplement their background knowledge. The Master of Science option is appropriate for those who wish to design and carry out an original research project in teaching and learning in biology. Students must choose an option by the end of the first year of coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes

Candidates who complete the Master of Arts in Biology or the Master of Science in Biology program will be able to:

  • Discuss major concepts and theories in biology.
  • Carry out and communicate experimental methods and types of data analysis.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in critical thinking, such as analysis and synthesis, as applied to primary literature in the field of biology, as well as in science education.
  • Distinguish between science and faith and recognize the potential compatibility of the two domains.

Program Eligibility for the Biology Master of Arts and Master of Science Programs

  • A completed application for admission to the biology program;
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited institutions, one of which must indicate the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a science field;
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate upper-division grade-point average of at least 3.000;
  • Two recommendation letters: one from a principal or department head and one from a former college/university professor;
  • A writing sample on assigned topics which indicates graduate-level ability;
  • Test score on either the GRE subject test in biology or the biology Major Field Test; and
  • An interview with the appropriate graduate director or coordinator.

Graduation Requirements

  1. A completed Application for Degree Candidacy (on-line or in the Office of Records, Point Loma campus);
  2. Completion of the approved graduate program of 34 units, including the thesis and six elective units for the M.S. or twelve elective units and a written exam for the M.A.;
  3. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.000 or higher. A student may earn a maximum of two “C” grades in the program;
  4. All accounts paid in full; and
  5. All requirements for graduate degrees must be completed within an eight-year period from the time of initial enrollment in the program.

Program Total: 34 Units


Students will develop an academic plan within the first semester of enrollment to determine the appropriate electives based on bachelor’s degree coursework, teaching experience, and professional goals.

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