Plant Biology and Conservation Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Overview of MS tracks in Plant Biology and Conservation

Thesis MS Land Management non-thesis MS
Core courses
PBC 450 (2 units) PBC 451 PBC 435 One from each of the following areas is recommended: Ecology: PBC 402, 418 Genetics: PBC 401, 430, BS 341, 378 PBC 450 (2 units) PBC 451 PBC 435 PBC 402
Total core: 6 units Total core: 5 units
Total electives: 3 units Total electives: 4 units
Total Units
11 units 9 units
Research/Thesis Internship/Project
2 – 2.5 years 1 year


Courses Units
PBC 450: Fundamentals of Plant Biology and Conservation 2
PBC 451: Critical Topics in Ecology and Conservation 1
PBC 435: Quantitative Methods for Ecology and Conservation 1
Ethics course 0
Student Research Seminar (Fall through Spring quarters, starting in the second year) 0
Nine elective courses for graduate credit at the 300- or 400- level chosen from PBC and other departmental courses 9
Total Required Units: 13

Other PhD Degree Requirements:

  • Final Exam: Oral defense of a written dissertation under the direction of a faculty member and approved by a dissertation committee.