Requirements for the M.A. Degree in Biological Sciences

Concentration in Applied Ecology

Required Graduate Courses:

1. BEE 576 - Principles of Applied Ecology and Evolution (4 cr.)
2. BEE 587 - Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology Laboratory (3 cr.)
3. BEE 555 - Mathematical Methods in Population Biology (3 cr.)
4. BEE 574 - Landscape Ecology Laboratory (3 cr.) or Ecology Laboratory (3 cr.)
5. BEE 552 - Biometry (4 cr.)

Electives include:

1. BEE 554 - Population Genetics and Evolution (3 cr.)
2. MAR 522 - Environmental Toxicology and Public Health (3 cr.)
3. MAR 536 - Environmental Law and Regulation (3 cr.)
4. BEE 586 - Introduction to Ecological Modeling (3 cr.)
5. BEE 550 - Principles of Ecology (4 cr.)

Concentration in Applied Evolution

Required Graduate Courses:

1. BEE 576 - Principles of Applied Ecology and Evolution (4 cr.)
2. BEE 554 - Population Genetics and Evolution (3 cr.) or an equivalent approved by the Program Director
3. CSE 549 - Computational Biology (3 cr.) or AMS 533 - Numerical Methods and Algorithms in Computational Biology (3 cr.)
4. Molecular Diversity Laboratory (3 cr.)
5. BEE 552 - Biometry (4 cr.)

Electives include:

1. BEE 555 - Mathematical Methods in Population Biology (3 cr.)
2. BEE 587 - Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology Laboratory (3 cr.)
3. BEE 551 - Principles of Evolution (4 cr.)
4. AMS 536 - Molecular Modeling of Biological Molecules (3 cr.)
5. AMS 589 - Quantitative Genetics (3 cr.)
6. ANT 565 - Human Evolution (4 cr.)
7. ANT 564 - Primate Evolution (4 cr.)
8. HBA 550 - Vertebrate Evolution (4 cr.)
9. HBM 503 - Molecular Genetics (3 cr.)

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Ecology and Evolution

A. Course Requirements

1. In the first year in residence, students are normally required to take BEE550 Principles of Ecology, BEE551 Principles of Evolution, BEE552 Biometry, and BEE556 Research Areas in Ecology and Evolution.

2. In later semesters, students must take a minimum of three other graduate courses, other than seminars, within this or other programs of this or other universities.  Upon the recommendation of a student’s dissertation committee and with the approval of the Graduate Program Director, one elective course may be waived.

3. BEE671 and BEE672, Colloquium in Ecology and Evolution must be taken each semester in residence.

4. Four graduate seminar courses are required under normal circumstances.

5. Most students will require advanced training in various ancillary disciplines appropriate to their chosen field of research. Requirements will be determined by the student’s advisory committee and may include a foreign language or advanced studies in mathematics, statistics, computer science, molecular biology, taxonomy, or other areas.

B. Entering Student Advising and Evaluation

Early in the first semester of study, each student meets with his or her advisor and other faculty member(s) as needed to discuss additional courses beyond required first-year courses. At the end of the second semester, a Preliminary Examination is given testing students' knowledge in the fields of ecology and evolution.

C. Oral Examination

In the second year of study, each student takes an Oral Examination tailored to the student’s interests and administered by his or her advisory committee. The student and his or her committee decide in advance on the areas to be covered in this examination. This examination is concurrent with the submission of a Dissertation Research Proposal that is written by the student and must be approved by the advisory committee before advancement to Ph.D. candidacy. As part of his or her dissertation proposal, each student writes a substantial review of the topic of the dissertation

D. Advancement to Candidacy

The faculty will recommend a student to the Graduate School for advancement to candidacy upon satisfactory completion of the Oral Examination and any language requirement established for the student, and upon acceptance of the written Dissertation Research Proposal by the faculty.

E. Research and Dissertation

A dissertation is required for the Ph.D. degree. It must contain the results of original and significant investigation. A student’s progress in research is monitored by regular evaluations by the faculty in meetings held twice a year. Continued lack of progress may result in probation or dismissal.

F. Dissertation Committee

Students select a temporary advisor during the first semester and a permanent advisor at the beginning of the third semester. The advisory committee, consisting of the permanent advisor and at least two other GPEE faculty members, is nominated by the student in consultation with his or her permanent advisor and must be approved by the Graduate Program Director. Additional members from outside GPEE and/or the University may be appointed to the dissertation committee.

G. Final Examination

The dissertation must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. A dissertation examining committee (which must include an external examiner) is then approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. A formal public oral dissertation defense is held, at which the student presents his or her findings and is questioned by members of the audience and then by the examining committee in a meeting immediately following the presentation.

H. Teaching Requirement

All graduate students completing a doctoral degree will function as teaching assistants during at least one semester of their graduate careers.

I. Residence Requirement

At least two consecutive semesters of full-time graduate study are required. The demands of the course of study usually necessitate a longer period of residence.

J. Time Limit

The time limit imposed by the Graduate School is observed by GPEE. Students must satisfy all requirements for the Ph.D. degree within seven years after completing 24 credit hours of graduate courses in GPEE.