Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Biology, Doctor of Philosophy


Academic Information

Available Emphasis Areas:

This doctoral degree allows advanced students to pursue their content and research skills while studying under faculty specialists in microbiology, botany, genetics, bioinformatics, human biology, ecology, and zoology. The program is enhanced by advanced research facilities that include the Deaver Herbarium, the Electron Microscope Facility, and the nationally prominent Microbial Genetic and Genomics Center, home to powerful research into anthrax, plague, and other bacterial-disease-causing infections.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Biology, Doctor of Philosophy


Careers

What Can I Do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology?

The Doctor of Philosophy program provides advanced training in research through focused coursework and extensive research experience, using an integrative, interdisciplinary, and evolutionary approach. Students will develop expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data at a level appropriate to the profession.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Biology, Doctor of Philosophy


University Requirements

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Biology, Doctor of Philosophy


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Minimum Units for Completion 60
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Optional
Dissertation Dissertation is required.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Foreign Language Optional
Research Individualized research is required.

Purpose Statement

The Biology Ph.D. program prepares students for research-focused professions in the biological sciences, developing students’ expertise in the empirical foundations of their dissertation area, and collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data to push forward the forefront of knowledge in their biological field of study. Our faculty members conduct research in the many fields of biology, from the level of single molecules to whole ecosystems. From the first day of entry into our program, students work closely with their faculty mentor, selecting a course of study suited to their future goals and professional interests.  The program enables graduates to contribute to the forefront of knowledge in the scientific community, share their knowledge through teaching, or apply it in public service or industry.

Students pursuing the emphasis in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology will integrate theoretical and empirical concepts in ecology and evolutionary biology to understand ecological patterns and the mediating processes that drive populations, communities and ecosystems.  Students will become familiar with ecological sampling techniques and statistical methodologies necessary to characterize populations, communities and ecosystems over broad geographic regions, and will apply current approaches for identifying and mitigating the effects of invasive species and anthropogenic impacts on threatened and endangered species within the natural ecosystems they inhabit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Biology PhD degree, students will be able to:

Students graduating with an emphasis in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation will be able to:

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Biology, Doctor of Philosophy


Details

Additional Admission Requirements
Doctoral Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Biology, Doctor of Philosophy


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