Contiguous BS/MS Program

The Division of Biological Sciences offers a contiguous program leading to a Master of Science Degree in Biology for current undergraduate students who are enrolled in any of the Biology majors at UC San Diego.

Qualified students can earn the MS degree within 3-5 quarters following receipt of the BS degree. Students enrolled in this program receive an advanced research experience by completing at least six contiguous quarters of biological research in one of the excellent research labs at UC San Diego. In addition, the BS/MS students complete 12 units of graduate-level courses in Biology, Medicine, or other disciplines related to their thesis project. Students complete their degree requirements by writing and defending a Master's thesis.

Please be sure to review all of the information on the Admissions page. This page will provide all prospective students the information needed to join the BS/MS program, including eligibility requirements, the program timeline, and the application process. If you have questions after reviewing all of the information for prospective students, please send them to the Biology department through the Virtual Advising Center

Important Note:

The Contiguous BS/MS Program is open to UCSD Biology undergraduate majors only.

The Division of Biological Sciences does not provide financial support for students enrolled in this program. See the Tuition, Fees & Funding page.

What's New?

Please Consider Making Your Defense a Public Defense!

Having a public thesis defense is a terrific public speaking and networking opportunity, and adds to the collective scientific knowledge within the BS/MS community. To make your defense a public defense, please let the BS/MS coordinator know when your final defense paperwork is being prepared. A flyer announcing your thesis defense will be sent to the MS students and BS/MS thesis advisors. Your fellow students will thank you for the opportunity to learn from your experience!

Publication Opportunity for Biology MS Students!

In response to past inquiries from faculty members and MS students, the Saltman Quarterly now welcomes brevia letters from students currently enrolled in the MS portion of the Biology Contiguous BS/MS program, and also from recent graduates. This is an exciting opportunity for MS students to publish their current research findings, and will not preclude the future publication of their research in other scientific journals. SQ accepts both finished and in-progress research. To be eligible for selection, in-progress research must include significant preliminary findings at the time of submission. Brevia letters provide a brief overview of the student's independent biological research and are limited to 300-500 words and must include one graphic figure (table, graph, picture, etc.). Please see the SQ website for details.

Biological Sciences MS GSA Representative

Iris Wang has been elected by her peers to serve as the Biological Sciences MS student representative to the UC San Diego Graduate Student Association (GSA). She will serve as the GSA rep for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations, Iris!