The Department offers the Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Course work (program of study) and area of research are determined on an individual basis. All degrees, regardless of specialization, are titled Master of Science in Biological Sciences.
The graduate program provides training in a wide variety of specializations including animal physiology, animal and plant cell/molecular biology, developmental biology, ecology, entomology, evolutionary biology, genetics, herpetology, ichthyology, immunology, invertebrate zoology, marine biology, mammalogy, medical bacteriology, molecular biology, neurosciences, plant ecology, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant systematics, population genetics, animal and plant virology. The graduate faculty includes approximately 30 professors.
The department maintains standard animal research colonies, greenhouses, controlled environmental chambers, study collection of major plant and animal groups, transmission and scanning electron microscopes with image analysis, a tissue culture facility, a radiation biology center, an ultracentrifuge facility, and laboratories for studies in the specialized areas listed above.
The 1400 acre Cal Poly University campus and nearby mountain, desert and marine habitats provide abundant opportunities for field studies. On campus, the Voorhis Ecological Reserve and LandLab facilities (see the Cal Poly Wildlands page ) are used for ecological research. Cal Poly is affiliated with other California State University campuses in the California Desert Studies Consortium and the Southern California Ocean Studies Consortium.
City of Hope Joint ProgramThe Biological Sciences Department and the City of Hope Cancer Center have instituted a Graduate Research Fellowship program where graduate students do their course work at Cal Poly and conduct thesis research in a laboratory at the City of Hope. The areas of research available include cellular and molecular biology, immunology, and neurobiology. Students would complete most of the course work during the first year, then spend ~2 years doing research in a laboratory at the City of Hope. Participants may apply for Teaching Associateships from the Biological Sciences Department while taking courses, and will receive financial support from the City of Hope while doing their research. The degree will be awarded by Cal Poly University. A student must first be admitted to the Master's Program at Cal Poly University, then they may attempt to gain entry to the Fellowship Program.
CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Graduate ProgramThe 2009-2012 California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Bridges to Stem Cell Research program is a government funded program for broadening the participation in stem cell research by individuals representing the diversity of California's population. Cal Poly Pomona, in collaboration with with CSULA , has developed a quality stem cell education program to achieve this goal. The internship program will be integrated into the students' graduate (MS) program. For the program application and more information visit our website at
Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies: Master of Biotechnology (PABS-MBt)The PABS Master of Biotechnology is a Professional Science Master's degree program that prepares graduates for careers in biomedical device, biocomputing and biopharmaceutical industries. This program is not administered by this department, but rather is a joint program between Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State LA and Cal State Fullerton. The PABS-MBt program requires special application procedures and has special deadlines. For comprehensive information on the PABS Master of Biotechnology program, please visit the Cal Poly PABS website.
RISE Intensive Graduate ProgramThe Research Initiative for Scientific Enhamcement (RISE) program is a student development program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for minority-serving institutions. The long-range goal of the Cal Poly Pomona RISE program is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who complete Ph.D. degrees in biomedical and related disciplines. Students selected for the program work on original research thesis projects that may include, but are not limited to, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics, bioinformatics, pharmacology, microbiology, molecular biology, etc. A student must be applying or admitted to the Master's Program at Cal Poly University in order to apply to RISE. For more information on deadlines and how to apply to the RISE Intensive Graduate Program, visit the RISE program website.
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