Prospective MS Students

About our MS Degree Program

Students interested in careers that involve research or interested in pursuing a Ph.D. should consider the M.S. degree in Biological Science. Examples of M.S. study areas in the department are environmental biology, ecology, population biology, marine biology, physiology, neurobiology, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, mycology, and virology. 

Our Master of Science graduates are found throughout the work force: academic institutions, clinical labs, biotechnology, wildlife management, industry, botanical gardens, hospitals, private practice and education. Others use the MS as a stepping stone into professional degree programs including dentistry and medicine. 

The Master of Science (MS) degree program at California State University, East Bay involves both coursework and research and culminates with the writing of a supervised University thesis and passage of an oral exam. Students typically conduct their research under the supervision of one of our on campus faculty. It is possible, however, to conduct research at another University, Institute or Company provided that the off-campus site is willing to supervise the research and will allow the publication of a thesis.

For example, CSUEB has a partnership with Lawrence Berkeley Labs. More info here: This opportunity is particularly well-suited for those applicants interested in Microbiology. Here is a list of faculty that participate in this program: