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Natural Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #984 (BCR) California, MD, United States
The Natural Sciences Program leads to a non-thesis Master of Science degree. Students do a project instead of a thesis. This program is designed for the student who plans to teach at the secondary level or with other goals that do not include seeking a PhD degree.
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The Natural Sciences Program from Loma Linda University emphasizes ecology-oriented areas of biology and field-oriented geology, particularly sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology. Fieldwork is emphasized because it provides a first-hand experience with biological and geological phenomena that cannot be satisfactorily grasped or understood solely from classroom or laboratory study. Throughout the natural sciences curriculum, students are encouraged to develop an open-minded and investigative approach in the application of the scientific method to the resolution of biological and geologic problems. Consideration of multiple working hypotheses is encouraged.

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop breadth of knowledge in natural sciences.
  • Develop written and oral communication skills, and the integration of technology in communication.
  • Develop a professional attitude.Scholarships and discounts for earth and biological science undergraduate students.

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Possible Careers: The goal is to prepare students for effective careers in teaching or government.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • field-oriented geology
  •  sedimentology
  • stratigraphy
  • paleontology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

Applicants must meet the general School of Science and Technology admission requirements. Acceptable undergraduate preparation includes a bachelor's degree in biology, geology, chemistry, physics, or other degree with typical biology and geology prerequisites.


The bachelor's degree must include:

  • courses in general ecology and physical geology
  • two quarters of college mathematics (calculus recommended)
  • one-year courses in:
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • Tuition Fee

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      28824 USD/year
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    • National

      28824 USD/year
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    Living costs for California

    • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
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