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Master of Science and Doctorate in Biological Sciences

The Department of Biology offers both an MS and PhD in Biological Sciences. The intellectual life of our department relies heavily on the participation, creativity and energy of our graduate students. Thus, we expect students to be vigorously involved in coursework, seminars, research, informal discussions and other departmental functions.

Our graduate curriculum is designed to provide a sound professional education, encompassing factual and theoretical concepts, as well as basic research skills and training. Students may create an individualized curriculum with consultation and permission from their Research Committee and the Graduate Program Committee. Regardless of the curricula, graduate students must demonstrate mastery of curricular subjects via oral and/or written examinations.

Master of Science in Biological Sciences
PhD in Biological Sciences


  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Conservation
  • Development & Aging
  • Ecology
  • Epigenetics
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Stem cell biology


Department faculty and researchers are passionately involved in teaching and conducting research in cellular and molecular biology, ecology and environmental science, organismal physiology and development, and microbial pathogenesis and immunology. Faculty and student driven research within the Department of Biology falls under the following general areas: genes and proteins; cells; organisms; and ecology and ecosystems.

Learn more about our research areas
Meet our faculty


The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) provides a forum for information exchange between graduate students, faculty and the administration. As one of the most active graduate student associations on campus, the BGSA’s mission is to elevate the academic experience of biology graduate students by maintaining an active social environment among existing, new and prospective graduate students.

Learn more about the BGSA and other student organizations in the department