Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences
The Ph.D. degree Program offers students the opportunity to conduct original research under the guidance of a Biological Sciences faculty member (i.e., the major professor). Students may enter the Ph.D. Program with a baccalaureate or M.S. degree.
Faculty members carrying out research in your areas of interest will be happy to give you additional information about how you can join their research team. Visit faculty web pages and contact those whose research interests you.
Course work must include 4 hours of BSC 420-Graduate Seminar. Remaining coursework is chosen in consultation with the student's major professor and dissertation committee. There are no fixed credit-hour requirements for the Ph.D. degree; however, most students in the program take 30-40 hours beyond the baccalaureate. Students choose from among over 30 different graduate (300- or 400-level) courses.
Students in any area of biology design their own plan of study in consultation with their major professor and dissertation committee.
Students who wish to formalize additional specialization within the Ph.D. degree Program may chose to pursue one of two Sequences, each of which has specific requirements.
Sequence in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (BEES) for students who wish to focus on topics in organismal biology (see specific Sequence description, left sidebar)
Sequence in Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB) for students who wish to focus on the molecular life sciences (see specific Sequence description, left sidebar)
All students satisfactorily completing Program requirements will graduate with an Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. Completion of a Sequence appears on the transcript, not the diploma.
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Application Web Site: http://www.admissions.ilstu.edu/apply/
To view a list of courses currently being taught and their professors, please visit the course listing