Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

The Ph.D. in Biological Sciences program is focused on research. Students can choose to specialize in one of many areas of biology, including microbiology, cell biology, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, physiology, endocrinology or field biology.

The main requirement for the Ph.D. degree, beyond the coursework and Qualifying Exam, is for the student to carry out a research project that significantly enhances the understanding of their field. The best evidence for this is publication of the research in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national or international meetings. The student finishes their degree by writing a Ph.D. dissertation, presenting a seminar to the Department on their work, and successfully defending the dissertation to their Faculty Committee.

Your peers are your network. With approximately 30 graduate students in the department, you will get to know your classmates and establish friendships and collaborations.

One-on-one faculty mentorship. The low student to professor ratio is designed to provide you with individual attention in your course and lab work.

Cutting-edge research facilities:  Access to our state-of-the-art labratories and instrumentation gives you opportunity and autonomy to explore your chosen area of research.

The application deadline is December 15, 2022. There is no fee to apply.

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30 credit hours + completed dissertation

Financial Support

Financial support for graduate students in the Biological Sciences program.

  • Biology Ph.D. students receive comprehensive financial support through a full tuition waiver, and either teaching assistantships or research assistantships.
  • Students may also be supported as research assistants. Current stipends are $27,500/year.
  • Students in good standing are typically supported for five years and can apply for 1-2 years of additional support. 
  • Teaching assistants are responsible for teaching and managing undergraduate laboratory sections- including presenting oral instructions, supervising laboratory activities, construction of test materials, and presenting and grading examinations.

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Nancy Trun, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Biological Sciences

Nancy Trun