Preparation for the program

All students in the program will be expected to have at least a lower-division level background in biology. Potential candidates with a Bachelor's Degree other than biology are strongly advised to take a 200-level general biology sequence before entering the program. Community colleges typically offer these courses during the academic year as well as the summer.

 

Sample TimeframeCoursesMSMA
First Summer

Physiology of Plants & Animals

Genetics & Molecular Biology

3

3

3

3

First Fall & Spring

Science Education Seminar (primarily online)

Research Design (primarily online)

Pilot Study

Perspectives on Science

3

3

1

2

3

3

1

2

Second Summer

Evolution & Development

Microbiology & Immunology

3

3

3

3

Second Fall & Spring

History and Philosophy of Science

Thesis work and/or elective units (PLNU seminars/workshops, internships, approved upper division/graduate biology courses)

3

4

3

4

Third SummerThesis work and/or elective units (PLNU seminars/workshops, internships, approved upper division/graduate biology courses)66
Total Units 3434

Course Descriptions

Program Description/Requirements