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Graduate Students

Two Graduate Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences offers two on-campus graduate programs:

The goals of both programs are to:

      • Develop scientists with strong interdisciplinary skills in research design, critical thinking and communication
      • Develop scientists with 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: 1) directly into an advisor's lab or 2) into a lab rotation system. See How to Apply for more details. See also Research Areas represented in the department; Graduate Faculty Research Interests; and Faculty Recruiting Students this year. 

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.