The Department offers the Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Course work (program of study) and area of research are determined on an individual basis. All degrees, regardless of specialization, are titled Master of Science in Biological Sciences.
The graduate program provides training in a wide variety of specializations including animal physiology, animal and plant cell/molecular biology, developmental biology, ecology, entomology, evolutionary biology, genetics, herpetology, ichthyology, immunology, invertebrate zoology, marine biology, mammalogy, medical bacteriology, molecular biology, neurosciences, plant ecology, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant systematics, population genetics, animal and plant virology. The graduate faculty includes approximately 30 professors.
The department maintains standard animal research colonies, greenhouses, controlled environmental chambers, study collection of major plant and animal groups, transmission and scanning electron microscopes with image analysis, a tissue culture facility, a radiation biology center, an ultracentrifuge facility, and laboratories for studies in the specialized areas listed above.
The 1400 acre Cal Poly University campus and nearby mountain, desert and marine habitats provide abundant opportunities for field studies. On campus, the Voorhis Ecological Reserve and LandLab facilities (see the Cal Poly Wildlands page ) are used for ecological research. Cal Poly is affiliated with other California State University campuses in the California Desert Studies Consortium and the Southern California Ocean Studies Consortium.