MS in Biological Sciences

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences is a research intensive program designed to address one of the most important topics of our times. The program's goal is to train students for scientific careers focused on biomedicine, including understanding the aging process, as well as detecting, preventing, and treating age- and metabolic-related conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, cancer, stroke, and arthritis.



Master of Science in Biological Sciences Requirements

Dominican University of California is a private liberal arts university located in San Rafael, California. Founded in 1890, the mission of the university is to prepare and educate students to incorporate Dominican’s four ideals of study, community, service, and reflection to become ethical leaders and responsible global citizens. The Master’s of Science in Biological Sciences program is a one of a kind research-intensive program that has partnerships with both BioMarin and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

Students in this program will be trained as scientists in interdisciplinary research encompassing genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, environmental sciences and disciplines of biotechnology including genomics, proteomics, proteins interaction networks and bio-informatics.


Buck Institute for Research on Aging

MS Bio-Buck Student with PI in lab

In Fall 2009, Dominican and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging began offering the master’s degree in biological sciences with a research emphasis on age research. The Buck Institute for Research on Aging is the first independent research facility in the United States to focus solely on aging and age-related conditions. The National Institute on Aging designated the Buck Institute as a "Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Age Research" in June 2005, one of just five in the nation.




Manny Lopez (PI) and student at the hood

In Fall 2009, BioMarin joined the collaborative effort and Dominican added BioMarin to its master's degree in biological sciences with an emphasis on rare diseases. To date, BioMarin has seven products on the market which are all the first and only approved treatments for their respective diseases. BioMarin is a fully-integrated multinational organization, BioMarin is providing innovative therapeutics to patients with serious unmet medical needs. BioMarin, located in San Rafael, California, develops and commercializes innovative biopharmaceuticals for serious unmet medical needs.