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Graduate Programs Overview

The Department of Biology & Biochemistry offers graduate programs in Biochemistry and in Biology (M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both). The graduate program in Biology has three degree tracks: a Certificate in Biomedical Sciences track, a Cell and Molecular Biology degree track, and an Ecology and Evolution degree track. The Certificate in Biomedical Sciences is only offered in conjunction with a non-thesis M.S. in Biology.

The other graduate programs and degree tracks mirror the organization of the department into three divisions: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Ecology and Evolution. Each division has similar, although not identical, requirements for its M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Each division has a Policy Leader, who is a faculty member whose responsibilities include overseeing the progress of students before they have chosen a thesis or dissertation advisor.

Course requirements differ somewhat among the divisions, so entering students should choose a division before arrival. A change in division, if deemed desirable by a student, should be discussed with the appropriate Policy Leader and made during Graduate Student Orientation so that students can be enrolled in the appropriate courses.