Information for prospective students

Welcome to the MS in Biological Sciences at Dominican University of California. This is intended to help you understand our program by providing information on our training, goals and learning outcomes.




Student at microscopeThe 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.

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, protein interaction networks, and bio-informatics.

Students conducting research at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging cover a diverse range of fields related to geroscience. Students conducting research at BioMarin can expect to gain experience in biomedical research with a greater focus on product development and immediate practical application. Alternatively, students can apply to do research with a Dominican faculty member in such areas as stem-cells, malaria, and breast cancer.

Research conducted by the students in the Master’s of Biological Sciences program is structured around a thesis project. A research proposal is submitted by the end of the second semester and evaluated to make sure that it meets the standards of the program and that the proposed research is a feasible project for a Master’s thesis. Upon completion of the program, each student submits a formal written thesis manuscript and gives an oral presentation of their findings that is open to faculty, students, and guests. The written thesis and presentation are reviewed and evaluated by a thesis advisory committee, which includes their advisor and a faculty member (usually from Dominican University of California).

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Upon graduation from the MS Biology program at Dominican University of California, the student will:

  1. demonstrate a deep knowledge of a specific area of biological science.
  2. communicate scientific ideas effectively in both oral and written formats.
  3. solve problems through critical thinking, inquiry, and analysis.
  4. design appropriate experiments to address a particular question.
  5. conduct original research in a biological discipline and report on the results at a professional level
  6. demonstrate readiness for further study or employment in discipline-related areas.

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