The Department of Biology aims to train graduate students in integrative research, with a curriculum that exposes students to the major sub-disciplines of biology and a program that allows enough flexibility to develop interdisciplinary work. Our major strengths include developmental biology, global change biology, neuroscience, and species interactions Our department has strong ties with the Department of MathematicsRosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, the Miller School of Medicinethe Abess Center for Environmental Science & Policy and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Students can be co-sponsored by faculty from these programs.

We currently have three graduate programs:

  1. Ph.D. in Biology. Our PhD program centers on students developing a dissertation project that explores fundamental questions in biology.  We encourage projects that are multidisciplinary in nature. The Ph.D. requires 60 graduate credits, a research proposal with an oral defense, and a dissertation with an oral defense.
  2. The M.S. in Biology. Our M.S. program has two tracks requiring 30-36 of graduate credits: Masters with a thesis (including a proposal and oral defenses of original thesis), or Masters without thesis.
  3. B.S./M.S. in Biology. The joint B.S/M.S. program allows students to concurrently work on their B.S. and M.S. in Biology degrees through a five-year program. The degree requirements for the BS degree are unchanged (set Undergraduate Page link), the MS is a research intensive degree to be completed during the Senior year and one additional year. For more information visit: MS/BS Program