Admission Requirements

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Theresa Garcia
ANB Graduate Group Coordinator

ANB accepts applications for the Ph.D. program only.

Applicants for admission to ABGG must meet the University of California minimum GPA requirement for admission. In addition, candidates must complete the following entrance requirements:

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the biology of behavior.

The equivalent of at least one course from each of the following subject areas:

  • Ecology (e.g. Ecology and Evolution 101, Environmental Science and
    Policy 100)
  • Genetics (e.g. Biological Sciences 101)
  • Statistics (e.g. Psychology 103, Statistics 102)
  • Evolution (e.g. Evolution and Ecology 100)
  • Animal behavior (e.g. Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 102)
  • Physiology (e.g. Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 101).

If the subject area courses have not been completed prior to admission, then they must be completed by the end of the first year in the program either by (1) taking courses as approved by the Graduate Advisor, or (2) by being a Teaching Assistant in the courses listed above or their equivalents, and by attending the course lectures.

Other requirements for admission include:

  • Graduate Record Examination (General Test)
  • English proficiency examination for international applicants who have not studied at an English speaking University: TOEFL or other University approved examination. International applicants must meet the Office of Graduate Studies minimum TOEFL score requirement (or equivalent for other University-approved examination).
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A Confirmed Major Professor: Prior to admission, an ABGG faculty member in good standing must confirm that he/she is willing to act as the student’s faculty mentor.

Application review is performed by an Admissions Committee composed of three to four ABGG faculty members (volunteers appointed by the Chair of the ABGG) and one graduate student (elected by the ABGG graduate students). Shortly after the deadline for applications, files are reviewed and ranked by the Admissions Committee. Based on academic accomplishment and potential, this committee determines which of the applicants can be admitted into the group. Simultaneously, faculty members examine the files to identify students whom they are willing to sponsor. No student will be admitted to the group unless at least one faculty member in good standing indicates that they are willing to act as that student's major professor.