The Department of Biology aims to train graduate students in integrative research, with a curriculum that exposes students to the major sub-disciplines of biology and a program that allows enough flexibility to develop interdisciplinary work. Our major strengths include tropical biology, ecology & evolutionary biology, and developmental biology and neuroscience. Our department has strong ties with the Department of MathematicsRosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, the Miller School of Medicinethe Abess Center for Environmental Science & Policy and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Students can be co-sponsored by faculty from these programs.

We currently have three graduate programs:

  1. Ph.D. in Biology. Our PhD program centers on students developing a dissertation project that explores fundamental questions in biology.  We encourage projects that are multidisciplinary in nature. The Ph.D. requires 60 graduate credits, a research proposal with an oral defense, and a dissertation with an oral defense.
  2. The M.S. in Biology. Our M.S. program has two tracks requiring 30-36 of graduate credits: Masters with a thesis (including a proposal and oral defenses of original thesis), or Masters without thesis.
  3. B.S./M.S. in Biology. The joint B.S/M.S. program allows students to concurrently work on their B.S. and M.S. in Biology degrees through a five-year program. The degree requirements for the BS degree are unchanged (set Undergraduate Page link), the MS is a research intensive degree to be completed during the Senior year and one additional year. For more information visit: MS/BS Program

Applications to join our program are due December 1st, the year prior to admission (e.g., December 1, 2015 for Fall 2016 admission). All applicants must secure a potential faculty mentor(s) before applying to the program. To find a possible faculty mentor, contact one or more of our faculty before submitting your formal application View our faculty