Department of Biology
The research-intensive Master of Science in Biology degree program at Fresno State offers students the opportunity to excel in academics while establishing a productive record of their own scholarly research. The Biology Department is renowned on campus for the quality and impact of its programs, and we are proud to help train new generations of scientists who are capable of transforming their communities through teaching and research. Obtaining a Masters of Science in Biology prepares students to succeed in careers in education (teaching at the secondary and community college levels) and in industry and to pursue further study to obtain a Ph.D. or other professional degree.
The program offers an opportunity for specialization in several areas of study. Among these areas are ecologically oriented field studies in fresh water, terrestrial, and marine environments; molecular, cellular, and developmental biology of plants, animals, and microbes; physiology of microbes, plants, and animals; entomology; microbiology; parasitology; botany; zoology; systematics; and animal behavior. The program also prepares candidates for teaching biological science disciplines at the secondary and community college education levels. The master's program provides a strong foundation for those seeking advanced education at universities offering the research doctorate or other professional degrees.
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