Graduate Education Committee Co-Chairs:
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Graduate Program Administrator
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David Althoff, Katie Becklin, Carlos Castañeda, Heather Coleman, Steve Dorus, Douglas Frank, Jason Fridley, Anthony Garza, Paul Gold, Sarah Hall, Heidi Hehnly, James Hewett, Sandra Hewett, Donna Korol, George Langford, Katharine (Kate) Lewis, Zhanjiang (John) Liu, Jessica MacDonald, Eleanor Maine, Susan Parks, Melissa Pepling, Scott Pitnick, Ramesh Raina, Mark Ritchie, Kari Segraves, Robert Silver, Roy Welch, Jason Wiles
The Department of Biology is committed to research-oriented graduate training of the highest quality. A wide variety of disciplines are offered within the areas of biochemistry, developmental biology, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, neuroscience, ecosystem ecology, behavioral ecology, and evolution. Many students pursue research questions that span two or more of these traditional subdisciplines. Each student's program is individually structured to provide the maximum flexibility in the choice of coursework consistent with high quality graduate scholarship.
The Department currently averages 50 full-time graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.). About 75 percent of the students enroll directly following their undergraduate work; others come with a master's degree earned elsewhere.
Program graduates are encouraged to pursue a variety of career paths after obtaining their degrees. Our recent graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs in a variety of universities and colleges. Other recent graduates have found employment in industry, in medical settings, and in environmental education, among other fields.
Successful applicants generally have a minimum undergraduate average (GPA) of B (3.0), and high scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing tests of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
Applicants must also have earned a B.S. or a B.A. degree, and should have at least a minimal background in both physical and biological sciences, including the following: two years of biology, one year each of introductory chemistry, organic chemistry with laboratory, physics, and college-level calculus. Although not required, a year of biochemistry is desirable for students interested in cell and molecular biology, and training in statistical analysis is desirable for all students.
Special consideration is given to students who have conducted undergraduate research and whose recommendations attest to their skills in the laboratory or field and promise in research. Applicants whose scholarly interests are confluent with those of our Graduate Faculty will also receive priority consideration.