Graduate Program

Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Biology offers diverse and integrative training opportunities for students seeking the Ph.D. degree in the biological sciences. A master's degree may be obtained by students en route to the Ph.D. or by those who leave the doctoral program; students primarily interested in a terminal master's degree are not admitted to the program.

The Biology Department provides training opportunities in the following broad range of research areas: ecology (including behavioral ecology, population biology, community ecology, physiological ecology, ecosystem analysis, and biogeochemistry), functional biology at the cell and molecular level (including cellular physiology, molecular genetics, developmental biology, developmental genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics, in both plant and animal systems), functional biology at the organismal level (including comparative physiology, functional morphology, biomechanics, and animal behavior), and evolutionary biology (including population genetics, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary morphology, macroevolution, biogeography, and systematics). Many faculty research programs span multiple research areas and levels of biological organization, creating a dynamic training environment for graduate students interested in cross-disciplinary training.

Faculty and graduate student members of the Graduate Program in Biology also participate in university-wide graduate programs, including the University Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, the University Program in Genetics and Genomics, the University Program in Ecology, and the Developmental Biology Program. These programs link researchers across different departments and schools at Duke, most notably the basic sciences departments in the Duke University Medical Center and the Nicholas School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. There also are strong links with the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences, the Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems, and the Departments of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Philosophy, and Psychological and Brain Sciences. Tropical research is facilitated through the University's close affiliation with the Organization for Tropical Studies.

Programs of study reflect individual students' interests as well as departmental and university course offerings. Students are assigned a temporary advisor when admitted and are encouraged to begin research in the first year of study. Requirements for the Ph.D. include course work, participation in seminars relevant to the field of research, successful completion of an oral qualifying examination, one year of teaching experience, and completion of a research dissertation under faculty guidance.

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