Degree Programs

Degree Program Requirements Overview Time to Completion
Ph.D. in Biology
  • Preparatory courses as defined by your initial advisory committee (typically 1 to 3 courses, sometimes more)
  • Up to 3 graduate tutorials with different faculty in the Department of Biology
  • 2 graduate seminars in any areas of biology
  • Establish a minor
  • Serve as a teaching assistant for 2 semesters
  • Preliminary Exam (oral)
  • Dissertation
  • Final Defense
  • 5 to 6 years
M.S. in Biology
  • Earned enroute to a Ph.D. We do not admit students to a M.S. program.
  • varies

Affiliated Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs

Department of Biology faculty members directly support the following programs. In most cases, you will pursue a Ph.D. in biology while concurrently earning a certificate.

Degree Program Requirements Time to Completion
Medical Scientist Training Program M.D./Ph.D.
  • 5 to 6 years
Biological & Biological Inspired Materials Certificate
  • varies depending on program
Cell & Molecular Biology Certificate
  • varies depending on student background
Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Certificate
  • varies depending on student background
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Certificate
  • varies depending on program
Ecology Certificate
  • varies depending on student background
Genetics & Genomics Certificate
  • varies depending on program
History & Philosophy of Science, Technology & Medicine Certificate
  • varies depending on student background
Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Certificate
  • varies depending on student background
Nanoscience Certificate
  • varies depending on student background
Non-linear & Complex Systems Certificate
  • varies depending on student background
Philosophy of Biology Certificate
  • 2 philosophy of biology courses
  • 2 evolutionary or development biology courses
  • Directed reading class
  • Capstone research paper
  • Participation in philosophy of biology seminar series for two years
  • varies depending on student background