The Department of Biological Sciences offers research opportunities for advanced study at the master's and doctoral levels. The Master of Science (MS) degree, with options in biology or neuroscience, is a research degree requiring a thesis with a minimum of 30 semester credits. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree has options in biology, microbiology/molecular biology/biochemistry, or neuroscience. The PhD is a research degree requiring a thesis with a minimum of 78 semester credits. The credit totals for both degrees include credit for dissertation research.
Research in the department is clustered in several focus areas: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biomedicine, Evolution and Ecology, and Neuroscience. 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.