Biology — M.S.
Stephen G. Dunbar
Program learning outcomes
By the end of the program, the graduate should be able to:
- Demonstrate critical independent evaluation of published scientific literature.
- Plan and carry out independent research.
- Critically evaluate philosophies of science and their relation to issues of public interest.
- Demonstrate proficient oral and written skills in communicating science topics.
- Demonstrate professional aptitude and attitudes.
Student financial aid
Assistantships for research and/or teaching are available in the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences on a competitive basis. Further information can be obtained, including contact information, from the department web page at <http://www.llu.edu/medicine/ebs/index.page?>. Qualified students are also encouraged to seek fellowships from federal and private agencies with the help of their advisors.
For information about requirements and practices to which all graduate students are subject, the student should consult the relevant sections of this CATALOG and of the school in which this program is housed.
Seminar attendance requirements
All graduate students in residence must register for and attend seminars (BIOL 607) at this University each quarter.
Students are urged to select a research project early in their programs, in consultation with faculty members approved by the department. A written research proposal and oral defense of the student's proposed research should be completed early in the third quarter of study. A comprehensive plan for completion of the degree will be approved at this time.
Registration and tuition after normative time
This program is designed for M.S. degree students to finish within the normative time of two years. In certain circumstances, students may require slightly more time for completion. Students who are past the normative time for completing their degrees must register for two units without a tuition waiver each quarter, until they complete their degrees. After their normative time, students may request a one-year grace period that must be approved by the department faculty.
The written thesis must be a completed significant, original research; and must be written in the format of an appropriate scientific journal as the manuscript is likely to be submitted for publication.
In addition to Loma Linda University admission requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:
- Expected undergraduate preparation includes a bachelor's degree with a biology major or equivalent from an accredited college or university, including the following corequisite courses:
- Precalculus (required)
- Calculus (recommended)
- Statistics (one course)
- General biology (one year)
- General chemistry (one year)
- Genetics (one course)
- Organic chemistry (one year)
- Biochemistry (recommended)
- General physics (one year
- Some of these courses may be taken during residence at this University, with the approval of the EBS admissions committee.
- An undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 is expected.
- an acceptable score on the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (the subject GRE is not required).
It is also recommended that applicants contact the department at <email@example.com>.
Applications are accepted at any time, although students are usually admitted for Autumn Quarter. Review of applications begin in February for Autumn Quarter admission. Research assistantships are competitively awarded.
A total of 48 units of courses and research is required, including at least 36 at or above the 500 level. See below for a list of courses.
All values below are in quarter units
|Additional courses beyond those listed below will be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor|
|BIOL 502||Orientation to Graduate Biology||1|
|BIOL 545||Genetics and Speciation||4|
|BIOL 558||Philosophy of Science 1||4|
|BIOL 607||Seminar in Biology 2||3|
|BIOL 616||Research and Experimental Design||2|
|BIOL 617||Proposal Writing and Grantsmanship||2|
|Select one or more course(s) from any of the following areas for at least 6 units||6|
|Physiology and Molecular Genetics of Microbes|
|Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis|
|Techniques in Vertebrate Ecology|
|Biodiversity and Conservation|
|Biology of Marine Invertebrates|
|Additional courses required by the student's guidance committee to complete the total units required for the degree 3||8|
|Cell Structure and Function GS|
|Introduction to Bioinformatics|
|Typically research units will be graded each quarter and can be repeated for additional credit|
|BIOL 698||Thesis Research (1-8)||15|
Each quarter in residence; 0.5 unit per quarter (Total units required may very depending on the number of quarters a student is on campus.)
In addition to this list, courses may also be chosen from unused courses listed above for biological systems, ecology, and organismal biology. When choosing elective, keep in mind that a minimum of 44 units for the M.S. degree must be numbered 500 or above.
Advancement to candidacy
Students may apply for advancement to candidacy by completing Form A, which requires:
- Completing all deficiencies and corequisites.
- Selecting a research committee.
- Completing an approved written research proposal.
- Passing the oral defense of the research proposal.
- Being recommended by the program faculty (should be completed by the end of the third quarter of study).
Defense of thesis
An oral presentation and defense of the thesis, including final oral examination on the student's field of study, are required.
Grade requirement for graduation
All courses applied toward a graduate degree must have a grade of B or higher.
Length of program
Two (2) years based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted