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Graduate Studies

The Department of Biological Sciences offers opportunities for advanced study at the master's and doctoral levels with either a major in biology or a major in microbiology/molecular biology/biochemistry. The Master of Science is a research degree requiring a thesis with a minimum of 30 semester credits. Students seeking a Doctor of Philosophy degree will earn a minimum of 78 hours of semester credit beyond the baccalaureate degree. These hours include credit for dissertation research.

Research in the department is clustered in four main focus areas: Reproductive Biology, Evolution and Ecology, Neurobiology, and Cellular and Molecular Biology.  For more complete information on research concentrations, please see the faculty profile pages  and the faculty research lab web pages.

Admission to graduate programs in the department is based upon an estimate of probable success in research and courses that lead to a specific graduate degree as indicated by transcripts, letters of recommendation, and performance on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Research interests expressed in each applicant's letter of intent are compared with those of the focal research areas in the department to determine academic compatibility, so it is important that candidates give as much information as possible relating to research goals.