Microbiology at the University of California San Diego

Microbiology at the University of California San Diego

Microbiology at the University of California San Diego

Biological Sciences programs at UC San Diego cover a wide spectrum of research interests, including biochemistry and biophysics; cell biology and developmental biology; ecology, behavior, and evolution; genetics and molecular biology; immunology, virology, and cancer biology; neurobiology; and plant molecular biology. 

Within the division, these subdisciplines are organized under four department-like Academic Sections.

  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Behavior & Evolution
  • Neurobiology

Each of the sections has a Chair who reports to the Dean, and all share a centralized administrative support structure: IT, fiscal and human resources as well as the undergraduate and graduate programs which are administered at the Divisional level. 

The strength and significance of the research conducted in our four sections has manifested itself in the recent National Research Council’s comprehensive assessment of the quality of more than 5,000 doctoral programs in 62 fields at 212 U.S. research institutions. UC San Diego’s Biological Sciences graduate program has been ranked number one in the nation and  ninth in the world.

Microbiology at the University of California San Diego

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Graduate Studies

The Division of Biological Sciences offers 2 distinct graduate programs:

The UC San Diego Biological Sciences program is a partnership between the Division of Biological Sciences and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. This creates a powerful and closely linked intellectual community, unified by the broad discipline of biological sciences.

Our programs boast over 100 faculty who provide a supportive and stimulating environment to enable highly talented individuals to develop the skills and experience necessary to become world-class scientists.

Ph.D. Program

The goal of the Affiliated Ph.D. Program with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies is to enable highly talented individuals to develop the skills and experience necessary to become successful world‐class scientists.

We provide a supportive and stimulating environment with a wide range of interdisciplinary opportunities.

The program includes training in:

  • The writing of research papers and grant applications
  • The presentation of lectures
  • The ethical conduct of research
  • Professional skill development to enhance career options

These skills allow graduates to pursue a broad range of careers that involve the use of science to increase the quality of life everywhere.

Admissions

Admission to UC San Diego’s graduate program in Biological Sciences is highly competitive with only 35-40 students joining the Ph.D. program each year. New students are admitted for Fall Quarter only.

Competitive applicants must demonstrate excellent undergraduate training in the biological sciences and a strong commitment to research.

We encourage students with exceptional achievement and diverse backgrounds to apply. UCSD does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, sex, citizenship or disability. See more about the division’s commitment to diversity.

Approximately 30% of our incoming class consists of international students. As such, qualified international applicants are also encouraged to apply.

We offer full financial support (including a monthly stipend and paid university tuition/fees) to all Ph.D. students.

Fall 2020 Application Now Open

Deadline: December 2, 2019

Interview dates: January 30 – 31 and February 13 – 14

All transcripts, supporting documents and letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application by the deadline in order for your application to be considered in the review process.

See below for more details on how to apply.

UC San Diego Graduate Division FAQ

Test Score Reporting Codes (GRE/TOEFL)

  • GRE (Not Required)
    • School/Institution Code: 4836
    • Department Code: 0203
  • TOEFL (International Applicants Only)
    • School/Institution Code: 4836
    • Department Code: 35
    • Minimum Acceptable Speaking Score: 23

TOEFL (For International Students) and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE is Not Required) scores must be input into the application by the application deadline.

GRE: As of 2019, applicants are no longer required to submit scores for either the GRE General or Subject Tests. Applicants can optionally submit scores for the GRE General (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Sections) and/or an applicable GRE Subject Test (Biology, Biochemistry (Discontinued December 2016) or Chemistry).

Application Information

To apply to the Ph.D. program in Biology, use the UCSD Application for Graduate Admission. UCSD uses a web-based application to apply for graduate study. You may work on your application a bit at a time, and then submit it once it is complete. The site is secure, and your application information and credit card payment will remain confidential.

Applications are evaluated by the Admissions Committee (which is comprised of representatives from both the faculty and graduate students) December through January.

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based on their past academic performance. Important factors in the holistic evaluation of an application include:

Required Documents

In addition to the application forms, we also require the following documents:

*To expedite the processing of your application, the Biology Admissions Committee recommends that you upload PDF versions of your official or unofficial transcripts directly into the UCSD online application system. You will find more information on this process once you are in the online application system.

GRE: As of 2019, applicants are no longer required to submit scores for either the GRE General or Subject Tests. Applicants can optionally submit scores for the GRE General (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Sections) and/or an applicable GRE Subject Test (Biology, Biochemistry (Discontinued December 2016) or Chemistry).

If you are an international student and English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for international students who have studied for at least 1 continuous year in an English speaking country.

Applications are processed in the order in which they are submitted. Screening of applications will begin in December. We recommend that you submit your application well before the deadline to be considered for on-campus interviews. All transcripts, supporting documents and letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application by the deadline in order for your application to be considered in the holistic review process.

It is particularly important for foreign applicants to complete their application well before the deadline, as it has been our experience that delays in processing their applications seriously limit the financial aid the applicant can hope to obtain.

Ph.D. Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator
Division of Biological Sciences, 0348
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla CA 92093-0348
(858) 53 4-7396
biophdadmissions@ucsd.edu

Undergraduate Program

Students Admitted Fall 2019 and Later

The Division of Biological Sciences offers seven different majors, each leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a distinct focus. All of these majors share a common core of requirements reflecting our philosophy that a foundation of knowledge in certain areas is essential for more specialized knowledge in any area of biology.  Beyond the shared requirements, each major has a different set of requirements tailored to the theme of the major, providing students the opportunity to choose the courses of greatest interest to them. 

Microbiology

The Microbiology major encompasses a wide range of topics from human health to biotechnology, synthetic biology to microbiomes, and biofuels to bioremediation. This major provides students with a solid background in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and basic microbiology, and then allows them to tailor their studies for an emphasis in general, medical, biotechnological, or environmental microbiology. The Microbiology major provides a foundation for careers in a variety of fields including healthcare, epidemiology, clinical diagnostics, food microbiology, microbial fermentation, environmental testing, health and environmental public policy, biotechnology, bioenergy, and biomanufacturing. The Microbiology major will also provide an excellent foundation for graduate studies in microbiology, virology, infectious diseases, biotechnology, and related fields, as well as for medical, dental, nursing, veterinary and pharmacy school.

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

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Microbiology at the University of California San Diego

About Sagar Aryal 4 Articles
I am Sagar Aryal, a passionate Microbiologist and the Scientific Blogger. I did my Master’s Degree in Microbiology and currently doing my Ph.D. from Tribhuvan University in collaboration with Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Germany. I am particularly interested in research related to actinomycetes, myxobacteria and natural products.

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