Curriculum and Degree Information

Students in the Ph.D. program in Biology must complete a minimum of 60 credits, which includes required courses, electives, and seminars; maintain satisfactory standing; pass a first and second examination; teach at least one semester at the college level; and conduct original research for a dissertation and defense. A sample path to degree is provided as a planning guide.

All students must follow an approved program of study. Programs can be approved by either the Executive Officer or the Deputy Executive Officer.

Students will acquire a fundamental orientation in the current life sciences as well as mastery of the knowledge and investigative approaches in his or her chosen areas of specialization. The program prepares doctoral candidates to become research professionals equipped to teach in university programs and for leadership positions in biotechnology and research.