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Graduate Students

The Department of Biological Sciences offers the MS and PhD degrees in Biological Sciences and the MS and PhD degrees in Microbiology.

The overall goals of both programs are to develop scientists with strong interdisciplinary skills in research design, critical thinking and communication, as well as expertise in a specific research area. We emphasize basic, discovery-based scholarship, but many faculty and graduate students are involved in applied research as well.

We accept students two ways: directly into an advisor's lab or into a lab rotation system. See How to Apply for more details.

The graduate programs through the Department of Biological Sciences have an active student organization, the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association (BSGSA). Learn more about the organization and its activities.

The Department of Biological Sciences also offers an online, non-thesis MS in Biological Sciences designed specifically for K-12 teachers and others interested in biological sciences. Learn more about this program. PLEASE NOTE that the admissions procedure, curriculum, and requirements for the online program are different from the on-campus graduate programs in this department.