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Doctor of Philosophy in Biology



The thesis-based Doctorate of Philosophy in Biology requires successful completion of the following: structured coursework, an oral qualifying exam, research thesis, and comprehensive final defense of thesis examination. Doctoral students are encouraged to gain teaching experience in at least two undergraduate courses in the department. The Department requires that all graduate work applied toward the completion of degree requirements be completed within a seven year period after matriculation.

Overall degree requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy are as follows:

  1. Credit hour requirement: A total of 90 semester hour credits beyond the Baccalaureate degree is required. (including BSC 7910, BSC 7971, BSC 7980 and other structured and unstructured courses approved by IB).
  2. A minimum of 24 dissertation research credit hours (BSC 7980) is required.
  3. Submission of a doctoral proposal and approval by major professor, graduate committee and graduate director.
  4. Successful completion of the dissertation proposal presentation/seminar and preliminary doctoral examination.
  5. Presentation requirement: two presentations, excluding the doctoral seminar and defense. Students are expected to present posters or oral presentations based on their dissertation research at national/regional professional meetings. The graduate committee must approve the presentation.
  6. Publication requirement: one research paper must be submitted for publication to a refereed scientific journal by the date of the Doctoral Seminar and Defense. The paper may be sole or coauthored, but it must be based on the dissertation research. The student's supervisory committee must approve the paper prior to submission.
  7. Submission of an acceptable dissertation.
  8. Presentation of the doctoral seminar (BSC 7936) and successful defense of the dissertation.

Students pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology can choose from three areas of concentration:

  Ecology and Evolution

Doctorate of Philosophy in Biology, Ecology and Evolution Concentration (EEV)

DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Total Minimum Hours 90 hours postbaccalaureate

  • The graduate student, major professor and Graduate Committee will establish the specific course requirement for each graduate student. Every graduate student must satisfy minimum course requirements. The Graduate Committee consists of four individuals; three must be members of the Integrative Biology Department.

  • Core Requirements 8 hours
  • PCB 6456C Biometry I 4 hours
  • BSC 6932 Lectures in Contemporary Biology (1) – take 4 times 4 hours
  • Enrollment in this course is required during four semesters of residency

  • Additional Structured Coursework 6 hours
  • An additional six hours of structured coursework is required. The structured courses are listed below for each of the three concentrations. The Major Professor and Graduate Committee may approve courses from outside the Department to satisfy this requirement. Doctoral students typically will take 20-25 semester hours of coursework selected from the lists of courses presented below. The remainder of the required 90 hours is obtained through research credits.

A minimum of two courses selected from the list below for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
Any course approved by the Graduate Committee.
BSC 5931 – Conservation Biology 3
BOT 5185 – Marine Botany 4
PCB 6455 – Statistical Ecology 3
PCB 6458 – Biometry II 3
BSC 5931 – Comparative Approaches in Evolution 3
PCB 6426 – Population Ecology 3
ZOO 5463 – Herpetology 4
ZOO 5456 – Ichthyology 4
BSC 6932 – Advances in Population Biology 1
BSC 6932 – Advances in Ichthyology 1
BSC 6932 – Advances in Herpetology 1
BSC 6932 – Advanced in Marine Ecology 1
BSC 6932 – Scientific Writing 2
BSC 6932 – Restoration Ecology 3
BSC 6447 - Community Ecology 3
PCB 6933 – Seminar in Ecology (variable credit)

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  Environmental and Ecological Microbiology

Doctorate of Philosophy in Biology, Environmental and Ecological Microbiology Concentration (EVM)

DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Total Minimum Hours 90 hours postbaccalaureate

  • The graduate student, major professor and Graduate Committee will establish the specific course requirement for each graduate student. Every graduate student must satisfy minimum course requirements. The Graduate Committee consists of four individuals; three must be members of the Integrative Biology Department.

  • Core Requirements 8 hours
  • PCB 6456C Biometry I 4 hours
  • BSC 6932 Lectures in Contemporary Biology (1) – take 4 times 4 hours
  • Enrollment in this course is required during four semesters of residency

  • Additional Structured Coursework 6 hours
  • An additional six hours of structured coursework is required. The structured courses are listed below for each of the three concentrations. The Major Professor and Graduate Committee may approve courses from outside the Department to satisfy this requirement. Doctoral students typically will take 20-25 semester hours of coursework selected from the lists of courses presented below. The remainder of the required 90 hours is obtained through research credits.

A minimum of two courses selected from the list below for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
Any course approved by the Graduate Committee.
MCB 5206 – Public Health and Pathogenic Microbiology 3
MCB 5655 – Applied and Environmental Microbiology 3
PCB 5235 – Principles of Immunology 3
MCB 6930 – Seminar in Applied and Ecological Microbiology 1
PCB 6525 – Molecular Genetics 3
BSC 5931 – Genomics 4
PCB 6455 – Statistical Ecology 3
PCB 6458 – Biometry II 3
BSC 6932 – Scientific Writing 2
BSC 6932 – Advances in Environmental Ecology 1

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Environmental and Ecological Microbiology Concentration
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  Physiology and Morphology

Doctorate of Philosophy in Biology, Physiology and Morphology Concentration (PMY)

DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Total Minimum Hours 90 hours postbaccalaureate

  • The graduate student, major professor and Graduate Committee will establish the specific course requirement for each graduate student. Every graduate student must satisfy minimum course requirements. The Graduate Committee consists of four individuals; three must be members of the Integrative Biology Department.

  • Core Requirements 8 hours
  • PCB 6456C Biometry I 4 hours
  • BSC 6932 Lectures in Contemporary Biology (1) – take 4 times 4 hours
  • Enrollment in this course is required during four semesters of residency

  • Additional Structured Coursework 6 hours
  • An additional six hours of structured coursework is required. The structured courses are listed below for each of the three concentrations. The Major Professor and Graduate Committee may approve courses from outside the Department to satisfy this requirement. Doctoral students typically will take 20-25 semester hours of coursework selected from the lists of courses presented below. The remainder of the required 90 hours is obtained through research credits.

A minimum of two courses selected from the list below for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
PCB 6458 – Biometry II 3
BSC 6932 – Scientific Writing 2
ZOO 5463 – Herpetology 4
ZOO 5456 – Ichthyology 4
ZOO 54xx – Ornithology 3
PCB 5256 – Developmental Biology 3
BSC 6932 – Physiological Ecology 3
BSC 6932 – Advances in Physiology 1
BSC 6932 – Ecoimmunology 3
BSC 5931 – Comparative Approaches in Evolution 3
BSC 5931 – Ecological and Functional Morphology 3

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Physiology and Morphology Concentration
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