Biological Sciences - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
256 Cunningham Hall
The Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences—Ecology and Evolutionary Biology provides opportunities to study in areas such as animal behavior, entomology, limnology, microbial ecology, ornithology, systems ecology, systematic and evolutionary biology, environmental physiology, vertebrate ecology and population and community ecology. Although courses of study are tailored to students’ interests and needs, the program for all students normally includes training in population, community, ecosystems and evolutionary ecology and statistical theory. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of ecology, students are encouraged to take courses in geology, mathematics, chemistry and other disciplines.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
- Strong background in biology and related subjects such as chemistry and mathematics1
- Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
- Official transcript(s)
- GRE scores
- Goal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- A list of up five potential faculty advisors
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 94 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 82 MELAB score
- Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 65 PTE score
Before admission can be completed, a prospective student must be accepted by a program faculty member, who will serve as the advisor. For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Student deficiencies in these areas at the time of admission shall be rectified during the first year of graduate study.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Understand advanced biological concepts beyond the scope of the typical undergraduate degree, and increase the depth of their knowledge through coursework and hands-on experiences.
- Apply scientific principles and appreciate work outside of their particular field.
- Effectively communicate about science with colleagues as well as those outside of the student's area of expertise.
- Develop the necessary laboratory skills that will allow testing of hypotheses.
|BSCI 70103||BIOLOGICAL STATISTICS 1||3|
|BSCI 70184||RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT IN RESEARCH AND TEACHING-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 2||2|
|BSCI 70370||ECOLOGICAL AND EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS||2|
|BSCI 70371||EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY||2|
|BSCI 70372||COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS||2|
|BSCI 70373||POPULATION AND COMMUNITY ECOLOGY||2|
|BSCI 70391||SEMINAR IN ECOLOGY (repeated each semester until candidacy)||3-6|
|BSCI 80199||DISSERTATION I 3||30|
|Additional Electives (as appropriate)||41-44|
|Student Seminar Presentation 4|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours for Post-Baccalaureate Students||90|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours for Post-Master's Students||60|
Students may substitute a different graduate-level statistics course for BSCI 70103 if deemed appropriate by the students' advisor/guidance committee.
Students are required to take BSCI 70184 their first semester (or the following fall semester for those starting their studies in the spring semester).
Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for BSCI 80199 for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter BSCI 80299, each semester, including summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met. It is expected that candidates will present the results of their research in a defense open to students and faculty, at which the dissertation will be presented an defended before the dissertation committee, with not more than one negative vote, in order to be recommended to the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences for degree conferral.
Students are required to present at least one departmental seminar about their work.
Candidacy for the Degree
After completing the required coursework, students complete the doctoral program by being admitted to candidacy, by proposing a research project to the faculty, and by completing and defending that research with a written dissertation before a faculty committee.
Candidacy Exams: The student is admitted to doctoral candidacy following successful completion of both written and oral candidacy examinations. These exams are based on prior coursework and coursework taken in this graduate program as determined by the student's academic Guidance Committee, which must consist of at least three eligible faculty members. The advisor(s) and a majority of members of the Guidance Committee must be members of the appropriate graduate program. This committee is responsible for determining the student's academic curriculum and for administering the candidacy exams. Following successful completion of candidacy exams, the student registers for dissertation - BSCI 80199 for two semesters and, thereafter, for BSCI 80299 continually until complete.
Prospectus: Following completion of the candidacy exam, the doctoral student must successfully prepare, present and a defend a formal prospectus of the research project before his or her dissertation committee.
Dissertation and Final Defense: The doctoral candidate must complete a dissertation. It is expected that the candidate will present the results of her or his research in a defense open to students and faculty, at which the dissertation will be presented an defended before the dissertation committee, with not more than one negative vote, in order to be recommended to the department and College of Arts and Sciences for degree conferral.
Students must complete a minimum 20 credit hours of graded (A-F) courses toward their degree.