Division of Biological Sciences University of California, San Diego

Division of Biological Sciences University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, CA
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
Tuition Cost $0
average amount to complete degree
November 29
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
6 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


Ph.D. in Biology Is Offered by UC San Diego and Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), Division of Biological Sciences, in association with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, offers a program of graduate studies leading to the Ph.D. degree in biology. The program provides an extraordinary setting for highly motivated students interested in training with distinguished faculty members. The major areas of faculty research are biochemistry and biophysics; bioinformatics; cell and developmental biology; ecology, behavior, and evolution; genetics; immunology, virology, and cancer biology; molecular biology; neurobiology; plant molecular biology; plant systems biology; quantitative and systems biology; signal transduction.

Over 100 Fully Equipped, Modern Research Laboratories Are Available to Students in the Division of Biological Sciences

Students have access to more than 100 modern and fully equipped research laboratories in the Division of Biological Sciences and the Salk Institute. The division is also associated with three organized research groups: the Center for Molecular Genetics, the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, and the San Diego Center for Molecular Agriculture. Campus research facilities and tools include the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Biomedical Genomics Microarray Center, the Protein Sequencing Facility, the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry Facility, a DNA sequencer, and confocal, electron, and photon microscopes. Located on campus near the Salk Institute, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine is a collaborative effort dedicated to stem cell research which brings together researchers under a single roof in a world-class facility.

Part of a World-class Scientific and Research Community, UC San Diego Overlooks the Pacific along the San Diego Coast

UC San Diego and the Salk Institute are located on the Torrey Pines Mesa, along the San Diego coast, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The campus is also an easy drive from several mountain and desert locales. Along with San Diego's dry, temperate climate, UC San Diego is ideally situated to offer its students year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. The area also shares a rich heritage with its neighbor, Mexico, and supports many cultural events.

The Torrey Pines Mesa is the setting of a world-class scientific and research community as well. This community includes the UC San Diego School of Medicine, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Scripps Research Institute, the Neurosciences Institute, the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and hundreds of biotechnology research firms.

Widely Acknowledged UC San Diego Is Renowned for Its Collaborative, Diverse, and Cross-disciplinary Ethos

UC San Diego is one of the nation's most accomplished research universities, widely acknowledged for its local impact, national influence, and global reach. A leader in climate science research, UC San Diego is one of the greenest universities in the U.S. and works with communities, governments, businesses, and organizations to promote sustainability solutions throughout the region and the world.

With a majestic view of the Pacific Ocean, this distinctively beautiful campus is both a magnet and a catalyst for acclaimed institutes and Nobel laureates. The University's award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields, with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical, and technological breakthroughs. Renowned for its collaborative, diverse, and cross-disciplinary ethos that transcends traditional boundaries in science, arts, and the humanities, UC San Diego attracts like-minded faculty and staff members and stellar students.

Location & Contact

Division of Biological Sciences

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0348
United States

Jens Lykke-Andersen


Phone: 858-822-3659

Brandon Keith

Program Coordinator

Phone: 858-534-8983
Email: biogradprog@ucsd.edu

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Bioinformatics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Quantitative Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Multi-Scale Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Anthropogeny Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 58
    • Doctoral Degrees 35
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required, Thesis Required and 3 quarters of teaching assistantship
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 728
    • Accepted 204
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 139
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $105
    • Application Fee - International $125
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline November 28th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test; GRE Subject Test in biology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, or chemistry (recommended)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$0
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableScholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students341
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students341
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Full-time Percentage98%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown or International StudentNot Reported


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMolecular, cellular and developmental biology, genetics, behavior and evolution; microbiology; bioinformatics; signal transduction; quantitative biology, neurobiology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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