Requirements for Plan I M.S. in Avian Sciences

1. A minimum of 30 units of course work (100 and 200 level).

Of that 30 units:

  • at least 12 units should be graduate level (200) course work in the major subject area.  Of those 12 units, 6 should be graded graduate level units
  • a minimum of 6 units should be Avian Sciences 299, Graduate Research; or Avian Sciences 290C, Research Conference.
  • a maximum of 12 units should be Avian Sciences 299, Graduate Research Units

Completion of an original research project written as a MS thesis signed by major professor and at least two additional thesis committee members. Ideally, the original data will be published as a scientific paper.

2. Specific Graduate Group Coursework Requirements

  • Avian Biology (AVS 100) or Biology and Conservation of Wild Birds (WFC 111), and at least two quarters of participatory seminar (AVS 290).
  • Avian Physiology: NPB 117 (3) and NPB 217 (1)
  • General Avian Biology. At least 6 units from the following courses (or their equivalents as approved by the Graduate Adviser):
    • AVS 103 Avian Development & Genetics (3)
    • AVS 115 Raptor Biology (3)
    • AVS 121 Avian Reproduction (2)
    • AVS 123 Management of Birds (3)
    • AVS 149 Egg Production Management (2)
    • AVS 150 Avian Nutrition (1)
    • AVS 160 Experiments in Avian Sciences (2)
    • AVS 170 Advanced Avian Biology (4)
    • WFC 111L Laboratory in Biology and Conservation of Wild Birds (2)
    • WFC 136 Ecology Waterfowl and Game Birds (3)
    • PHR 220 Avian Medicine (3)
    • PHR 222 Avian Immunology (3)
    • PHR 225 Preventative Avian Medicine Practice (3)
  • Area of emphasis. Student must choose one option and complete 6 units of course work in that option (or equivalent as approved by the Graduate Advisor).
    • Avian Cell and Developmental Sciences: This specialization is intended for students with an interest in avian cells, development, incubation or tumor development.
    • Avian Organismal Sciences: This specialization is intended for students with interests in the whole animal organ system, e.g., physiology, genetics or animal breeding, nutrition, production, medicine.
    • Avian Environmental Sciences: This specialization is intended for students with an interest in the interactions between birds and the environment, e.g., ecology, environmental toxicology, environmental physiology.

3. University Requirements

The university requirements for the M.S. degree are detailed in the Graduate Student Handbook, published by Graduate Studies.

  • Students must be in residence and be enrolled in the graduate group for at least three quarters.
  • Ordinarily, all work for the Master's degree is done in residence. Work completed at another university, up to 6 units, may be credited to the degree in special circumstances. Students enrolled in a double major may transfer up to 12 units from one program to another.
  • Only courses in the 100 and 200 series, completed with a grade of A, B, C or S may be counted toward the requirement.
  • Student must maintain a GPA of 3.0

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