Biology

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The Department of Biology offers programs leading to the Ph.D. degree with research emphasis in:

  • Biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology
  • Ecology, evolution and behavioral biology
  • Parasitology
  • Developmental biology and neurosciences

It has nationally recognized research programs funded by major governmental organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with additional support from local and national granting organizations.

Ph.D. students take innovative first-year courses that provide a strong foundation in contemporary biological concepts, as well as a personalized set of courses related to their intellectual goals. In addition to receiving intensive research training, students obtain faculty-assisted education in the development of teaching skills and scientific communication.

Degrees Offered

Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020

December 15, 2019 

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Unofficial Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.

  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE scores are not required
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)

Admission requirements include three letters of recommendation, an academic statement of purpose, English proficiency test (see below) and an application fee.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:  TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). 

All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 80 (iBT test)  on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org.

Degree Requirements

  • 16 credit hours of coursework
  • Qualifying and comprehensive examinations
  • Successful completion and defense of a dissertation

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