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Admissions Policies and Procedures

The following was adopted by a vote of the faculty on May 19, 1998. The vote was 15/2/3 (Yes/No/Abstain).

Biological Sciences Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Graduate Program Admission Policies and Procedures

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a major in one of the disciplines in the biological sciences or related area. Undergraduate preparation should include courses comparable to the requirements for the bachelor's degree in biology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, including 24 quarter units (or equivalent) of upper division courses in the biological sciences, 15 quarter units of chemistry, and 12 quarter units of physics and/or math.

A statement of intent should be submitted by each applicant. This statement should indicate the professional goals and research interests of the applicant. Other information relevant to admission may be included. The statement should be submitted directly to the Graduate Coordinator .

Three letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator from professors, supervisors, or others qualified to judge the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program in the biological sciences. Letters should be submitted directly by the recommender.

Applicants are encouraged to submit scores on the General Test and/or Subject Test (Biology Subject Test or Biochemistry, Cell/Molecular Biology Subject Test) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are not required, but may be of interest to the faculty in assessing an applicant's preparation for graduate work. GRE scores should be submitted to the University (code R4082) and Department (code 0203) via the Educational Testing Service standard procedures.

Applicants must complete all forms, pay all fees, and submit transcripts as determined by the California State University and the Admissions Office of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Consult the "Postbaccalauerate and Graduate Admission" booklet of the California State University and the Admissions Office (909-869-2000) for required materials. Forms, fees, and transcripts must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office - do NOT submit such items to the Graduate Coordinator .

Admission to Biological Sciences Department Graduate Program is determined by the members of the Graduate Faculty, and is based on the total academic record of the applicant. Applications will be screened by interested Graduate Faculty members, who will advise the Graduate Coordinator when an applicant qualifies for admittance. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact members of the Graduate Faculty to discuss research interests, available space, and qualifications. A list of the Graduate Faculty with their research interests is available from the Graduate Coordinator. The Graduate Faculty member who sponsors the admission of a student will provide initial advising, but it will be the responsibility of the student to secure a thesis advisor. Admission to the program is competitive, and applicants must have a sponsor to be admitted. Therefore, it is important that all applicants develop contacts with the Graduate Faculty.

Deadlines:

  • To start in Summer Quarter, the application file must be complete by May 1.
  • To start in Fall Quarter, the application file must be complete by August 1.
  • To start in Winter Quarter, the application file must be complete by November 1.
  • To start in Spring Quarter, the application file must be complete by February 1.

A file is considered complete when the Admissions Office has forwarded forms, transcripts, and GPA calculations to the Graduate Coordinator. Since the Admissions Office may take several weeks to process an application, it is advisable to work well in advance of the above deadlines.

These policies/procedures were adopted by the faculty on May 19, 1998, and supersede any previously published policies/procedures .

Teaching Associate Appointment/Reappointment Policy

Teaching Associates will be appointed according to the programmatic needs of the department. When programmatic needs do not force a distinction to be made among applicants on the basis of specific skills or experience, appointments will be made by the following criteria:

Tier One (Higher Priority)

Classified Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences Department Master of Science program who have not yet completed six quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers; AND 
Classified Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences Department Master of Science program who have not yet completed nine quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers, and who have successfully completed BIO 693 and filed the Program of Courses with the Academic Programs office.

Tier Two (Lower Priority)

Classified Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences Department Master of Science program who have completed six quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers, but have not completed nine quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers, and who have not successfully completed BIO 693 or have not filed the Program of Courses with the Academic Programs office; AND 
Classified Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences Department Master of Science program who have completed 9 quarters of TA assignment, not counting summers.

Guide to Graduate Supervisory Courses

Beginning in the 2005/2006 academic year, the actual supervising professor must be listed as the instructor for all graduate supervisory courses. These courses include BIO 500, BIO 691, BIO 692, BIO 693, BIO 694, and BIO 696. Please use the following procedure to register for graduate supervisory courses.

  1. All graduate students desiring to take one or more supervisory courses should obtain the goldenrod (dark yellow) form titled “Application for Enrollment in Graduate Supervisory Courses” from the Biological Sciences Department Office. This form has been revised so please read it carefully!
  2. Each graduate student will work with his or her supervising professor to fill in all the information on the goldenrod form except the CRN and SECTION NUMBER, which will be determined by the department schedulers. Remember that BIO 500, BIO 691, BIO 692, BIO 694, and BIO 696 can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 units. When enrolling for any of these variable-unit courses, students must indicate the number of units on the form immediately below the description of work to be performed. BIO 693 is a 1-unit course.
  3. During the pre-registration period, graduate students who are not enrolling in any courses other than supervisory courses should register for one section of BIO 691 to avoid paying late registration fees. For this purpose, enroll in the single BIO 691 section that is listed in the printed class schedule. Students who are registering for other courses in addition to supervisory courses should not register for any supervisory courses during pre-registration.
  4. Students must return the completed form to the Department Office no later than 1 pm on the third day of classes. We will then use the information on the completed forms to add appropriate sections with supervising professors listed as instructors into the online class schedule. All sections will be entered by the end of the third day of classes.
  5. Beginning on the fourth day of classes, students will be able to register for the appropriate courses and sections using the normal BroncoDirect Online Registration procedure. We will post a list of all supervisory courses in the Biological Sciences Department Office on the fourth day of classes to assist students with the new procedure. Students must register through BroncoDirect to be enrolled in the supervisory courses.
  6. For variable-unit courses, students must register for the section that has the appropriate supervising professor listed as the instructor and has the appropriate number of units (1, 2, or 3). THIS IS A SLIGHT CHANGE IN THE PROCEDURE FOR THE WINTER 2006 QUARTER. IF YOU WISH TO TAKE MULTIPLE UNITS OF A VARIABLE-UNIT COURSE, REGISTER FOR THE SINGLE SECTION THAT IS WORTH THE NUMBER OF UNITS YOU WISH TO TAKE. DO NOT REGISTER FOR MORE THAN ONE SECTION OF THE COURSE.
  7. Students who registered for a section of BIO 691 during pre-registration to avoid paying late registration fees should re-register for that unit of BIO 691 using the appropriate section number for their supervising professor. The general BIO 691 section used during pre-registration will be cancelled after the sixth day of classes.

Thanks for your patience while implementing this new procedure. Please contact Dr. Sperry or Ruth Partlow in the Biological Sciences Department Office or Dr. Carlton if you have any questions about the new procedure.