The Doctoral Degree in Biological Sciences provides the modern, multidisciplinary research training required for a successful, independent career in research and teaching.
Within the general Biological Sciences program, there are two broad core areas:
In the first year, you will take core courses and have the opportunity to perform research rotations with the faculty. Through this experience, you are immediately immersed within a professional scientific environment. During the second year, you choose a permanent research adviser. In preparing the Ph.D. dissertation, you are expected to develop an original and significant research program. In addition, you must keep abreast of the current scientific literature through specialized courses and active participation in your core area journal club. The two core areas, MCDN and EEB, have separate examinations and curriculum requirements.
For full consideration of financial aid, applications must be received by January 15 for Fall semester. Applications are considered for the Spring Semester if received before November 1, but, due to the nature of the first year curriculum, application for Spring Semester is discouraged.