Master's Degree

M.A. Degree TimelinePlan IPlan IICoursesThesisComp Exam

A candidate for the master's degree must fulfill, in addition to general university requirements, the minimum lower-and upper-division requirements for the major in their field of emphasis. Students admitted with deficiencies must rectify them early in their graduate studies.

Plan I or Plan II

Students must select a plan from the following two options:

Courses

Required

Course ID Title Units Quarter Year
EEMB 508 Levels of Biological Organization I: Individuals & Populations 4 Fall First
EEMB 509 Levels of Biological Organization II: Communities & Ecosystems 4 Winter First

TA Requirement

All students must qualify for and hold a teaching assistantship for the equivalent of two quarters during some point in the graduate career in order to obtain teaching experience. Associated with this are two training courses that must be taken at least once from the list of courses below.

Course ID Title Units Quarter Year
EEMB 500 Campus Orientation: This is a one-day seminar offered once a year in the fall. 1 Fall First
EEMB 502 EEMB 502: Teaching Techniques: Offered by MCDB in fall, and EEMB in winter. This may be taken in the winter of the student’s first year, rather than fall, even if TAing for the first time in the fall of that year. 2 Fall, Winter First
EEMB 501 Additionally, a student may receive course credits for TAing. To get this credit a student must register for EEMB 501. This has a variable number of units (1-4), depending on the time commitment of the TAship. A 50% time TAship is worth 4 units. 1 - 4 n/a n/a

Plan I (Thesis)

A minimum of 30 units and a thesis are required; at least 20 units must be in the 200 and 500 series, excluding 597, 598 and TA courses (500, 501, 502). No more than half the graduate-level units (10 units) may be EEMB 596. Courses outside the department may be substituted upon written approval of the student's advisory committee. No unit credit is allowed for the thesis.

Thesis Advisor / Thesis Committee

The thesis advisor supervises the thesis and the thesis committee approves it. The student selects a committee that consists of three ladder faculty of which two must be from the EEMB Department and one of the committee members will serve as the thesis advisor (committee chair). At the department's discretion, a non-ladder faculty member may serve as a fourth committee member. The committee is then approved by the thesis advisor, departmental graduate advisor, and graduate dean.

The thesis is typed in draft form for the committee and after the committee's approval, it is written in the Graduate Division's required dissertation format.

Plan II (Comp Exam)

A minimum of 36 units and a comprehensive exam are required; at least 24 units must be in the 200 and 500 series, excluding 597, 598 and TA courses (500, 501, 502). No more than half the graduate-level units (12 units) may be EEMB 596. Courses outside the department may be substituted upon written approval of the student's advisory committee.

Comprehensive Exam / Exam Committee

The comprehensive examination will cover a major and a minor area of study as described below:

  1. Ecology with Ecosystem, Evolutionary, Physiological, Community, or Population emphases
  2. Behavioral Ecology
  3. Biology of Deep Sea Animals
  4. Biological Oceanography
  5. Invertebrate Biology
  6. Limnology
  7. Macroevolution
  8. Mathematical Biology
  9. Parasitology
  10. Population Genetics
  11. Physiology / Ecological Physiology
  12. Stream Ecology
  13. Vertebrate Evolution, Morphology, and Systematics
  14. Pharmacology
  15. Endocrinology
  16. Comparative Physiology

Graduate Council Regulations Regarding Committees

  • Minimum of 3 UC ladder faculty, 2 (including Chair) must be in home department
  • Additional members may be at departmental discretion

The student's advisor supervises the exam and the exam committee approves it. The student selects the committee using the above criteria. At the department's discretion, a non-ladder faculty member may serve as a fourth committee member. it is then approved by the thesis advisor, departmental graduate advisor, and graduate dean. The student must pass the exam before the end of the quarter in which they plan to officially graduate. If a student fails the comprehensive examination on the first try, the decision to allow a second try is at the discretion of the Examination Committee.