REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCTORATE IN PHILOSPHY (PhD)

Total credit hours required  = 72

Divided as follows:
Core courses 12-15 credit-hours
Electives courses 28-30 credit-hours
Graduate Seminar 2 credit-hours
Ph.D. Research 12 credit-hours
Dissertation Thesis credit-12 hours

Credit will not be given for more than the required twelve hours of Thesis. Students should not enroll in Thesis until they have been admitted to candidacy. Letter grades will not be given for more than twelve hours of research. The electives may include additional research credits for which letter grades will not be given.

Students in the Ph.D. program should not expect departmental support beyond five years.

Required courses: One (1) course from one of the following two groups of courses and two (2) from the other:

Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell

Ecology, Environmental and Systematic Biology
  • Ecological and Environmental Biology
  • Evolutionary and Systematic Biology
Two (2) semesters of Graduate Seminar

** All graduate-level courses (400-level and above) in the department may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS IN SCIENCE (MS)
Total credit hours required = 30

Divided as follows:
Core courses: 8 – 11 hours
Graduate Seminar: 2 hours
Research: 6 hours
Thesis: 6 hours
Electives: 5-8 hours

Credit will not be given for more than the required six hours of Thesis. Students should not enroll in Thesis until they have been admitted to candidacy. Letter grades will not be given for more than six hours of research. The electives may include additional research credits for which letter grades will not be given.
Required Courses: Students in the MS program should not expect Departmental support in the form of a graduate assistantship beyond two years.

One (1) course from each of the following two groups of courses: Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
Ecology, Environmental and Systematic Biology
  • Ecological and Environmental Biology
  • Evolutionary and Systematic Biology
Two (2) semesters of Graduate Seminar