The Doctorate in Biology degree program focuses on training students to become leaders in a sub-field within modern biology. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for post-graduate training and to eventually assume teaching or research positions in academia, industry, government or nonprofit agencies. The Doctorate is a research degree and requires at least four to five years of academic study, including summer work.
Each student admitted to the Doctorate program works under the close supervision of a faculty research advisor and an advisory committee; details on the composition and establishment of an advisory committee are available in the department’s Graduate Student Handbook. Students must have a program of study formulated and approved by the end of the second semester of entering the Ph.D. program; all deficiencies must have been removed earlier. Significant deviations from an established program of study require approval from the advisory committee and the Graduate Committee.