MS, Biological Sciences, Concentration in Ecology and Evolution


Program Emphasis

The Ecology and Evolution graduate program concentration in the Department of Biological Sciences at San Jose State University provides students with training and experience in the scientific investigation of ecological and evolutionary processes. In addition to course content, students work with faculty to develop a rigorous research program in ecology and/or evolution resulting in a thesis with a goal of generating a publishable body of work. Our graduates have an excellent grasp of theory and application of ecological and evolutionary principles.

In addition, students with our degree will have gained experience in critical thinking, problem solving, research methodology (e.g. experimental design, sampling techniques and analysis) and both written and oral communication. Our alumni are successful applicants for doctoral degree programs and generally attain high level positions in both academic and non-academic in both the private and public sectors.

Minimum requirements for admission into graduate level programs at San Jose State
University are described in the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation (GAPE) website. Additional application instructions and the process for obtaining an MS degree
in the Biological Sciences are described in the Additional Requirements for Completion of the MS Degree Program on the website for the Department of Biological Sciences. 

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 can be 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 (see below). 

For other details of the graduate program, contact the Department Graduate Coordinator.

Program Details


General Information - Biological Sciences Graduate Program