MS, Biological Sciences, Concentration in Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Description of the Program:
Plan A (THESIS) Master's Program in Biological Sciences
To be admitted to the Plan A program, one must acquire a major professor. Once a major professor is secured, it is important to work closely with him or her and keep the lines of communication open, especially if the site of research is in an industrial setting off-campus. Normally, the student and major professor select two other professors in the department to make up the graduate committee and then the student asks them to serve on it. The committee can be made up of four or five members, providing a regular faculty member of this department is the chair and a majority of the members are from this department. The committee works with the student in planning the academic program, and it has ultimate veto power. Students are urged to meet with all the members of their committee at important times, especially when planning the scope and design of the research program.
Generally, the Plan A (thesis-based) program takes longer than the Plan B (non-thesis-based) program. The average time for the former is 6-7 semesters, but it can take much longer if students work at other jobs while pursuing their degree. The maximum time allowed for either degree program is seven years starting with the first course taken. The unit and course requirements can be found in the campus catalog. Check with the Graduate Studies Office and website for the important deadlines for submission of the graduate contract to advance to candidacy, for application to graduate, and for submission of the master's thesis.
For other details of the graduate program, contact the department graduate coordinator Dr. Shannon Bros, at (408) 924-4896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.