As a MS student in the internship-based degree, you will be expected to complete coursework outlined below, and complete an internship. Activities including seminar series and lab group meetings are optional. Required courses are offered Monday through Friday during the day, but some elective courses may be offered in the evenings during the week.
1. 4 units of required courses
Coursework (total of 9 units)
- A) Field and lab methods in plant biology and conservation (PBC 450, 2 units)
- B) Critical topics in ecology and conservation (PBC 451, 1 unit)
- C) A course or independent study in Data Science or Statistics. Students can determine what best fits their needs in consultation with their advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies. The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples : Biostatistics (PBC 435); R Data Science (PBC 470); Scientific Programming in Python (Earth 361); Introduction to Programming for Big Data (NICO 401). More information can be found in the PBC Handbook.
2. 5 elective units. There are several options in PBC, but electives can come from any department as long as it carries graduate level credit.
3. Attendance at PBC seminar series is encouraged.4. Satisfactory Academic Progress must be maintained by students. A student will not be in good academic standing if he/she has an overall grade average below B (3.0 GPA, and no single grade below C), has more than three incomplete grades, or fails to make satisfactory progress as determined by the internship committee.
- Students conduct an internship in the organization of their choice to explore career options, build connections, put their skills into practice, and gain new skills. The internship will be at least 240 hours and will the internship host and student will agree upon a product that is turned in at the end of the internship. More information can be found in the Internship host form and in the PBC Graduate Student Handbook.