Doctor of Philosophy Checklist - Wildlife & Fisheries Biology

Appointment of Advisory Committee

The student, in consultation with the major advisor, will select a minimum of four (4) AC members, including one but no more than two from outside FNR.  A majority of the AC, including the major advisor, must be comprised of full-time, tenure-track Clemson University faculty or members of the USFW COOP Unit.  Both the major advisor and at least half of the committee must hold rank in FNR.  If a minor is declared, this area must be represented on the committee.  Adjunct faculty may serve as committee members, but not as chair.

________     Committee formed.

________     Protocols and Hazardous Waste and Safety Training complete.

Research and Study Plans

The student, in consultation with the AC, will prepare a preliminary research plan with appropriate title, methods, statistical analysis, and literature review.  The AC should meet by the middle of the first semester of residence to consider the plan for research and program of study.  The Graduate Degree Curriculum form (GS-2) should be approved by the full committee and submitted to Enrolled Services by the middle of the second semester in residence.  A copy should be submitted to Deanna Burns for the Graduate Coordinator.  Students must have two WFB 809 classes and no more than six credit hours of Special Problems (WFB 863 and similar courses in other departments).

_________     First committee meeting.

_________     Research plan approved by advisory committee.

_________     Plan of study determined with major advisor.

_________     Minimum of 60 semester hours of post-baccalaureate graduate credit.

_________     18 semester hours of doctoral research.

_________     Graduate Degree Curriculum Plan of study GS-2 approved by
                         advisory committee.

_________     GS-2 form submitted to Enrolled Services and copy to the
                         Department Graduate Coordinator

Admission to Candidacy

________     Written comprehensive exam completed.

________     Oral comprehensive exam.  (> 6 months and <5 years prior to graduation date).

________     GS-5 submitted to Enrolled Services, copy to Deanna Burns for file



_________     Dissertation given to major advisor at least 3 weeks before submitting to AC.

_________     Dissertation submitted to AC for review at least 2 weeks prior to defense.

_________     Final oral examination (dissertation defense) scheduled.  (Notice of date,
                         place and time must be sent to Enrolled Services, Dean, Department Chair, Faculty,
                         and  Advisory Committee by the Major Advisor at least 10 days before the exam.)

_________     Results of final oral examination (GS-7) submitted by major advisor to
                         Enrolled Services. 

_________     Application to Graduate (GS-4) submitted to Enrolled Services.

_________     Cap and gown ordered from bookstore if attending ceremony.

_________     Dissertation content approved by committee members.

_________     Dissertation submitted to Graduate School for formatting approval.

_________     Final copy submitted to Graduate School by ETD.

_________     Order bound copies through Deanna Burns.

_________     Final copy of dissertation submitted to Departmental Chair.


Note.  This checklist is just a reminder.  It is the student’s responsibility to know the deadlines and make sure the regulations are up-to-date.  It is a good idea to check with the Graduate School before each deadline.