2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Biology—Ecology Ph.D.

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(83 credits minimum)

Degree Requirements:

A minimum of 83 semester hours of graduate credit is required, including an acceptable dissertation.


Areas for a major and minor, as well as further requirements which may be appropriate, will be determined by the student’s committee. Selection of the major professor and committee should be done no later than the end of the first academic year.

Demonstration of proficiency in two research tools is required. Research tools include those foreign languages approved by the student’s committee and the department, statistics, and computer programming.

The student must satisfactorily pass both written and oral preliminary examinations and must demonstrate satisfactory performance on a final oral examination and dissertation defense. Note that the College of Graduate and Professional Studies requires that students must complete one of the two consecutive full-time residence semesters before advancing to candidacy. By special arrangement with the department, hourly loads for the residence requirement can be reduced from nine to eight hours per consecutive semester.

Each candidate must participate in the teaching program of the department for at least two regular semesters, or one regular semester and a full summer session.


Courses in the 500 series are open to undergraduates as *400 series. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature. A course taken at the 400 level may not be repeated at the 500 level.

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