Masters Program Descriptions

UCI professor Peter Bowler lab practicals in San Joaquin Marsh
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Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science

The Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) is a professional degree program designed to provide the graduate with the skills and knowledge base necessary to hold leadership and management positions in environmental fields related to conservation, restoration, and sustainability. This is a highly collaborative program, portions of which will embed students into real-world conservation and restoration settings through community partnerships.

University of California, Irvine Student Learning Outcomes for Masters of Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS)

Masters of Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS)


Student Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the MCRS program, students will be able to:

Disciplinary Core Knowledge

  1. Apply concepts of ecological systems under stress to conservation and restoration actions with the goal of solving complex problems.
  2. Analyze and interpret conservation or restoration literature or data to apply evidence-based research to new management situations.
  3. Explain how policy impacts ecosystem health.
  4. Describe the historical context of the modern environmental movement and its influence on current environmental laws and regulations.


Technical Knowledge

  1. Use GIS, remote sensing, and informatics to frame and solve complex problems.


Professional Knowledge

  1. Apply project management theories and frameworks to the design and implementation of a conservation or restoration project.
  2. Communicate conservation/restoration information through oral, written, digital, and visual presentations.
  3. Engage with knowledge networks with diverse stakeholders.


Integrated Knowledge

  1. Lead/collaborate in planning, designing, implementing, and managing complex, large-scale conservation and restoration-related adaptive management activities (management plan, experimental design, report, or scholarly paper) a team to design and produce an active adaptive management plan through site assessment, trials evaluating management actions, monitoring, and collaborations with multiple stakeholders.
  2. Adhere to social dimensions of conservation and restoration, including socioeconomic values such as cultural features, social uses and perceptions, and environmental ethics.


Career Knowledge

  1. identify, apply for, and be hired for jobs in the field of conservation and restoration science.


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The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry offers a graduate program in Biotechnology leading to the Master’s of Science degree in Biological Sciences. The program emphasizes formal training and immediate participation in research. Students participate in core technical laboratories in protein isolation and characterization, animal and microbial cell culture and recombinant DNA methodology, and participate in individual faculty research projects. A specialization is offered in Stem Cell Biology.

For more information, please visit the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry’s website.

University of California, Irvine Student Learning Outcomes for Biotechnology, M.S.

School of Biological Sciences PLOs

Biotechnology M.S.

PLO1: Core Knowledge

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of central concepts in the biological sciences
  • Understand the current concepts in molecular biology, biochemistry, and biomedical sciences
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of cellular and molecular biology sufficient to carry out substantive independent research


PLO2: Research Methods and Analysis 

  • Read and critically evaluate the scientific literature
  • Formulate hypotheses based on current concepts in the field
  • Design (when appropriate), conduct, and interpret their own research projects
  • Understand the range of tools appropriate for research in their sub-field
  • Understand and follow research ethics


PLO3: Pedagogy: 

  • Communicate effectively to large and small groups in pedagogical settings including teaching (for those students who TA), research seminars, and other formats
  • For those students who TA, identify and effectively deploy suitable technologies for use in all aspects of instruction


PLO4: Scholarly Communication: 

  • Review and discuss relevant literature and its significance
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed publications if appropriate
  • Communicate research results effectively through oral presentations at lab meetings, scientific seminars, conferences (if appropriate), and other venues
  • Make clear and cogent oral presentations, including effective use of technology
  • Present second-year research to an audience of colleagues and faculty, including the program director and PI mentor


PLO5: Professionalism

  • Career Development: Work with Career Center and MSBTM counselors to develop professional skills including resume preparation, interview techniques, presentation methods, and interpersonal skills
  • Participate in summer internship in the private sector, or summer research in a faculty laboratory
  • When appropriate, write abstracts describing their research for consideration at research conferences
  • Prepare oral presentations suitable for presentation at a research conference
  • Make effective contributions to research teams and learning seminars
  • Present second-year research to an audience of colleagues and faculty, including the program director and PI mentor


PLO6: Independent Research 

  • Develop or contribute to research projects that meet high standards of theoretical and methodological rigor
  • Produce scholarship that is comparable in scope and format to articles that appear in leading peer-reviewed journals in molecular and biomedical sciences
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Biotechnology Management

The Master of Science Program in Biotechnology Management (MSBTM) is a multi-disciplinary program offered jointly by the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, the Paul Merage School of Business, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. It is a professional program designed to provide essential training in both science and management. The two-year curriculum emphasizes innovation, and is designed to bridge the gap between the scientific and business sides of the biotechnology industry. Graduates will have the flexibility to enter the job market as scientists, managers, or both.

For more information, please visit the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry’s website here.

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