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Biology Tracks and Course Requirements

Biology Tracks

Students should follow one of the Biology Tracks described below: Ecology and Evolution, Genome Biology, or Microbiology and Molecular Biology.

General Course Requirements (required by all tracks)

Mathematics:

Students will be expected to have (or complete during their first year of residence) a strong quantitative background including a formal course in differential and integral calculus (i.e., Calculus I).


General Course Requirements:

A total of 60 credit hours should normally be completed including 24 hours of required and elective courses, and 36 hours of research courses. All students in the program are required to take BIOL 5314 (Biometry), Professional Development (BIOL 5102) and two seminar courses (2 x BIOL 5101) as part of their required courses.


Other requirements:

Each student will make three research presentations that are open to the entire department. These may include the proposal defense, a research progress report, and the dissertation defense.

Track Specific Core Course Requirements

Ecology and Evolution:

Students in this track are required to take Advanced Biometry (BIOL 5361) and Experimental Design (BIOL 5362). They will also be expected to have (or complete during their first year of residence) an additional calculus course (i.e., Calculus II).


Genome Biology: Students in this track are required to take one of the following courses in quantitative biology: Bioinformatics (BIOL 5340), Genetics Methods Lab (BIOL 5420), Molecular Evolution (BIOL 5336), or Population Genetics (BIOL 5364).


Microbiology and Molecular Biology:

Students in this track are required to take one of the following courses in quantitative biology: Bioinformatics (BIOL 5340), Biological Modeling (BIOL 5333), or Methods in Molecular Microbiology (BIOL 5421).

Track Specific Additional Course Requierment

Ecology and Evolution:

Students in this track are required to take six credit hours from among the following courses: Amphibian Biology (BIOL 5344), Behavioral Ecology (BIOL 5337), Biogeography (BIOL 5320), Biological Modeling (BIOL 5333), Community Ecology (BIOL 5315), Conservation Biology (BIOL 5350), Environmental Microbiology (BIOL 5351), Evolution (BIOL 5311), Landscape Ecology (BIOL 5328), Limnology (BIOL 5354), Marine Biology (BIOL 5357), Plant Ecology (BIOL 5325), Reptile Biology (BIOL 5310), Theoretical Systematics (BIOL 5367), Wetlands Ecology (BIOL 5326), or as advised by their supervisory committee.


Genome Biology:

Students in this track are required to take nine credit hours from among the following courses: Advanced Genetics (5312), Advanced Molecular Biology (5331), Developmental Biology (5330), Essentials of Genomics (5335), Evolution (5311), Evolution of Development (5313), Genome Structure and Dynamics (5308), Human Genetics (5319), Mechanisms and Regulation of Mobile DNA (5334), and Mobile DNA and Genome Evolution (5339), or as advised by their supervisory committee

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Microbiology and Molecular Biology:

Students in this track are required to take nine credit hours from among the following courses including: Advanced Molecular Biology (BIOL 5330), Environmental Microbiology (5351), Immunology (BIOL 5309), Microbial Genetics (BIOL 5302), Microbial Physiology (BIOL 5445), and Virology (BIOL 5304), or as advised by their supervisory committee.

General Additional Course Requirement

Students in the program are required to take six hours of additional courses as advised by their supervisory committee.

Research Hours

Finally, 36 hours of research, including 9 hours of dissertation in the final semester (BIOL 6999), are required from among the following courses: BIOL 5101, 5200, 5291, 5391, 5193-5693, 5398, 5698, or 5998, or BIOL 6191, 6291, 6391, 6491, 6591, or 6691 (these courses can be repeated for credit).


READ THE GRADUATE HANDBOOK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF DEGREE REQUIRMENTS.