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
average amount to complete degree
December 10
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
9 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; and 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. By July 2010, the campus will house a $115-million San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine facility dedicated to stem cell research.

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
United States

Jens Lykke-Andersen

Vice Chair

Phone: 858-822-3659
Email: jlykkeandersen@ucsd.edu

Cathy Pugh

Graduate Coordinator

Phone: 858-534-0181
Email: gradprog@biology.ucsd.edu

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Anthropogony Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Bioinformatics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 105
    • Doctoral Degrees 30
    • 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 Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 638
    • Accepted 165
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 84
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $90
    • Application Fee - International $110
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 3rd 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 (recommended: biology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, chemistry)
    • 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, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students280
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students280
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Full-time Percentage95%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian46%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian35%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown6%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEcology, behavior and evolution; microbiology; bioinformatics; multi-scale biology; signal transduction
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported