The Doctor of Philosophy in Biology curriculum spans the spectrum of subdisciplines of the biological sciences. The program is grounded in coursework involving current biological concepts and culminates in the defense of a dissertation describing novel and quality research conducted independently by the student. PhD graduates in Biology are highly competitive for positions in academic settings, industry, and international research facilities.
The PhD program in Biology offers students two distinct degree tracks that allow students to obtain broad, foundational training in modern biology while also affording a focused, specialized research experience: (1) Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and (2) Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (CMD).
EEOB students typically identify a faculty mentor prior to or during the application process based on their personal research interests. CMD students may apply to work with a specific faculty mentor, but many apply for admission to the degree track and participate in lab rotations during the first year before matching with a mentor’s lab.
Please review the interactive document below for a summary of the program, our faculty, research, and facilities. This document is loaded with hyperlinks, so please explore, especially the faculty links on the 2nd page. For more specific information, refer to the current Biology Graduate Handbook for important information on additional requirements related to teaching, seminar requirements, comprehensive oral exam, and grades. Finally, please see details about the admissions process.