Biology, PhD

The biology PhD program seeks to provide a broad background knowledge base in conjunction with in-depth study of a specialized area of biology. Two optional concentrations are available: cell and molecular biology and molecular microbiology. The program emphasizes close interaction between graduate students and faculty members in developing the intellectual and experimental skills required for creative, independent research.

The PhD program entails course work from a core biology curriculum along with advanced courses in the student’s area of research interest. This is complemented by intensive research and completion of a dissertation under faculty supervision. Faculty research includes biochemistry, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology, regenerative biology, and the biology of reproduction.

Bachelor's Degree Entrance

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Milestones

Qualifying examination
Annual review
Dissertation committee
Dissertation proposal
Colloquia (minimum of three)
First-author publication
Dissertation defense

General Requirements

Research Ethics
BIOL 7399Research Problem Solving, Ethics, and Communication Skills4
Colloquium
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
BIOL 5100Biology Colloquium1
Dissertation Courses
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
BIOL 9990Dissertation0

Biology PhD without Concentration

Required Course Work
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Neurobiology and Behavior
Dynamics of Microbial Ecology
Research Methods and Critical Analysis in Molecular Cell Biology
Prokaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology
Biochemistry for Molecular Biologists
Concepts and Trends in Evolution and Ecology
Electives 1
Complete 16 semester hours from the following:16
BIOL 5103 to BIOL 8674

Concentrations

Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration

Required Course Work
BIOL 6401Research Methods and Critical Analysis in Molecular Cell Biology4
BIOL 6407Biochemistry for Molecular Biologists4
Electives
In consultation with faculty advisor, complete 16 semester hours from the topic of cell and molecular biology:16
BIOL 5103 to BIOL 8674

Molecular Microbiology Concentration

Required Course Work
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Dynamics of Microbial Ecology
Prokaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology
Biochemistry for Molecular Biologists
Electives
In consultation with faculty advisor, complete 16 semester hours from the topic of molecular microbiology:16
BIOL 5103 to BIOL 8674

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

30 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required