Biological Sciences

Biology (BI77)

UC San Diego's PhD Program in Biological Sciences, in association with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, offers broad training in an extraordinary setting for highly motivated students interested in training with outstanding faculty. Faculty research interests include: Behavior, Biochemistry/Biophysics/Structural Biology, Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Cellular Dynamics, Computational Neuroscience, Development, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evo-Devo, Evolution, Gene Regulation, Genetics, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Immunology, Marine Biology, Microbiology/Virology, Neural Circuits, Neurobiology, Plant Biology, Quantitative Biology (qBio), Regenerative Biology & Stem Cells, RNA Biology, Signal Transduction, Stress Responses and Systems Biology.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Biological Sciences
Specializations

Behavior, Biochemistry/Biophysics/Structural Biology, Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Cellular Dynamics, Computational Neuroscience, Development, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evo-Devo, Evolution, Gene Regulation, Genetics, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Immunology, Marine Biology, Microbiology/Virology, Neural Circuits, Neurobiology, Plant Biology, Quantitative Biology (qBio), Regenerative Biology & Stem Cells, RNA Biology, Signal Transduction, Stress Responses and Systems Biology.

Department Biological Sciences
Major Biology
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 1, 2021 (Fall 2022)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
As of 2019, applicants are no longer required to submit scores for either the GRE General or Subject Tests. Applicants can optionally submit scores for the GRE General Test (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical sections) and/or an applicable GRE Subject Test (Biology, Biochemistry (discontinued December 2016) or Chemistry).
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Must include explanation of why you are interested in your faculty members of interest.

Resume/CV

Required

One page resume preferred.

Contact Info

Website http://biology.ucsd.edu/education/grad/phd/admissions.html
Email biophdadmissions@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 1028B Pacific Hall
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Division of Biological Sciences
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0348
La Jolla CA 92093-0348

Biology (BI84)

A contiguous program leading to a bachelor of science and a master of science in biology is offered to those undergraduate students who are enrolled in any of the major programs offered by the Division of Biological Sciences or the Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution Major in the Environmental Systems Program at UC San Diego. Qualified students are able to obtain the MS within one year following receipt of the BS. Qualified students are able to obtain the MS within one year following receipt of the BS. Students interested in applying to this program should meet with the BS/MS adviser in the Biology Student and Instructional Services Office before the end of their junior year.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Biological Sciences
Department Biological Sciences
Major Biology
Degree B.S./M.S. (current UCSD students only)
Admissions Terms Fall, Winter, Spring
Additional Notes

Interested students may contact the BS/MS Coordinator in the Biology Student & Instructional Services Office through the Virtual Advising Center with questions.

Application Deadlines April 7, 2021 (Fall 2021)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 1 recommendation required.

Applicants must request a letter of recommendation from their thesis advisor. Additional letters will not be considered.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Accepts only the online Statement of Purpose.

Resume/CV

Not required

Contact Info

Website http://biology.ucsd.edu/education/contiguous-bsms/index.html
Email Contact through vac.ucsd.edu
Campus Office 1130B Pacific Hall
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Division of Biological Sciences
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0348
La Jolla CA 92093-0348

Biology with a Specialization in Biology Education Research (BI87)

The Specialization in Biology Education Research provides an opportunity for students who wish to pursue projects on discipline-based education research. This research is guided by the teaching professors in the Division of Biological Sciences and encompasses topics such as: how students learn concepts in biology, what misconceptions impede their learning, how instructor’s teaching methods influence students’ learning.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Biological Sciences
Department Biological Sciences
Major Biology with a Specialization in Biology Education Research
Degree B.S./M.S. (current UCSD students only)
Admissions Terms Fall, Winter, Spring
Additional Notes

Interested students may review the BS/MS Admissions Website and contact the BS/MS Coordinator in the Biology Student & Instructional Services Office through the Virtual Advising Center with questions

Application Deadlines  

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 1 recommendation required.

Applicants must request a letter of recommendation from their thesis advisor. Additional letters will not be considered

Statement of Purpose

Required

Resume/CV

Not required

Additional Requirements

Students interested in completing the Specialization in Biology Education Research complete their undergraduate research through BISP 193 with a Biology faculty member holding the title of Teaching Professor

Contact Info

Website http://biology.ucsd.edu/education/contiguous-bsms/index.html
Email Contact through vac.ucsd.edu
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Division of Biological Sciences
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0348
La Jolla CA 92093-0348

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