Graduate Program Policies

Admissions Policies and Procedures

The following was adopted by a vote of the faculty on May 19, 1998. The vote was 15/2/3 (Yes/No/Abstain).

Biological Sciences Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Graduate Program Admission Policies and Procedures

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a major in one of the disciplines in the biological sciences or related area. Undergraduate preparation should include courses comparable to the requirements for the bachelor's degree in biology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, including 24 quarter units (or equivalent) of upper division courses in the biological sciences, 15 quarter units of chemistry, and 12 quarter units of physics and/or math.

A statement of intent should be submitted by each applicant. This statement should indicate the professional goals and research interests of the applicant. Other information relevant to admission may be included. The statement should be submitted directly to the Graduate Coordinator .

Three letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator from professors, supervisors, or others qualified to judge the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program in the biological sciences. Letters should be submitted directly by the recommender.

Applicants are encouraged to submit scores on the General Test and/or Subject Test (Biology Subject Test or Biochemistry, Cell/Molecular Biology Subject Test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are not required, but may be of interest to the faculty in assessing an applicant's preparation for graduate work. GRE scores should be submitted to the University (code R4082) and Department (code 0203) via the Educational Testing Service standard procedures.

Applicants must complete all forms, pay all fees, and submit transcripts as determined by the California State University and the Admissions Office of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Consult the "Postbaccalauerate and Graduate Admission" booklet of the California State University and the Admissions Office (909-869-2000) for required materials. Forms, fees, and transcripts must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office - do NOT submit such items to the Graduate Coordinator .

Admission to Biological Sciences Department Graduate Program is determined by the members of the Graduate Faculty, and is based on the total academic record of the applicant. Applications will be screened by interested Graduate Faculty members, who will advise the Graduate Coordinator when an applicant qualifies for admittance. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact members of the Graduate Faculty to discuss research interests, available space, and qualifications. A list of the Graduate Faculty with their research interests is available from the Graduate Coordinator. The Graduate Faculty member who sponsors the admission of a student will provide initial advising, but it will be the responsibility of the student to secure a thesis advisor. Admission to the program is competitive, and applicants must have a sponsor to be admitted. Therefore, it is important that all applicants develop contacts with the Graduate Faculty.

Deadlines:

  • To start in Summer Quarter, the application file must be complete by May 1.
  • To start in Fall Quarter, the application file must be complete by August 1.
  • To start in Winter Quarter, the application file must be complete by November 1.
  • To start in Spring Quarter, the application file must be complete by February 1.

A file is considered complete when the Admissions Office has forwarded forms, transcripts, and GPA calculations to the Graduate Coordinator. Since the Admissions Office may take several weeks to process an application, it is advisable to work well in advance of the above deadlines.

These policies/procedures were adopted by the faculty on May 19, 1998, and supersede any previously published policies/procedures .

Teaching Associate Appointment/Reappointment Policy

Teaching Associates will be appointed according to the programmatic needs of the department. When programmatic needs do not force a distinction to be made among applicants on the basis of specific skills or experience, appointments will be made by the following criteria:

Tier One (Higher Priority)

Classified Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences Department Master of Science program who have not yet completed six quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers; AND
Classified Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences Department Master of Science program who have not yet completed nine quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers, and who have successfully completed BIO 693 and filed the Program of Courses with the Academic Programs office.

Tier Two (Lower Priority)

Classified Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences Department Master of Science program who have completed six quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers, but have not completed nine quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers, and who have not successfully completed BIO 693 or have not filed the Program of Courses with the Academic Programs office; AND
Classified Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences Department Master of Science program who have completed 9 quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers.

 
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