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  Feb 20, 2018
2017-2018 General Catalog

Biology, Ph.D.

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Doctoral Degree Requirements for Biology, Ph.D.

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The Department of Biology offers exceptional opportunities to learn, work, and collaborate across levels of biological organization and styles of research. Faculty research interests span the complete spectrum of biological phenomena and disciplines, from biochemistry to global environmental change. This breadth of research interests has led to development of two focused, yet overlapping, graduate training programs: Molecular, Cellular, and Evolutionary Biology (MCEB) and Ecolog, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB).

The Department of Biology participates with departments from the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in Interdepartmental Graduate Programs in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 

  • Graduation from a recognized four-year college, university, or institute of technology.
  • GRE scores are required.
  • TOEFL score (international applicants only) of at least 250 on the computer based exam or 100 on the Internet based exam.
  • Applicants should visit for additional requirements and procedures.


Students will work with their Supervisory Committee closely to develop a personalized individual plan of study.

Language Requirements

Any foreign language requirement is determined by the student’s supervisory committee. Typically there are no foreign-language requirements.

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