Graduate Biology Programs
The Department of Biology graduate curriculum spans the spectrum of sub-disciplines of the biological sciences. We are primarily a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. 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. Doctoral 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 for a broad, foundational training in modern biology while also affording a focused, specialized research experience:
Cell, Molecular, Health, and Disease (CMHD)
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.
Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEO)
Students typically identify a faculty mentor prior to or during the application process, based on their personal research interests.
Refer to the Biology Graduate Handbook for information regarding teaching, seminar requirements, comprehensive oral exam, and grades.