Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Biological Sciences

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Program.

The required curriculum and program requirements as outlined below:

Requirements for students entering with a bachelor’s degree:
72 credits prior to graduation.
48 credits of approved graduate-level course work to be advanced to candidacy.
At least 12 credits of dissertation research (BISC 8999).
Successful completion of a general examination, comprising both written and oral examinations, to be advanced to candidacy.
Requirements for students entering with a master’s degree:
72 credits prior to graduation.
48 credits of approved graduate-level course work to be advanced to candidacy (includes up to 30 credits transferred from the M.S. degree).
At least 12 credits of dissertation research (BISC 8999).
Successful completion of a general examination, comprising both written and oral examinations, to be advanced to candidacy.

The program of study and fields of study are determined in consultation with an advisory committee appointed for each candidate.

Major research fields

  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Systematics
  • Evolution
  • Ecology