Gain a research-oriented degree in biology with study in one of many specializations through the Biology PhD in the College of Science and Technology. PhD students usually receive funding for their degree with either a teaching or research assistantship and a tuition waiver.
During your first year, you may choose a research group to join immediately or else perform up to three rotations through different research groups before settling on the lab you wish to join. Once admitted to candidacy, you’ll pursue specialized research towards completion of your degree.
Different areas of specialization and research offered by the department include
- cellular and molecular neuroscience;
- computational biology, focusing on computational evolutionary genomics;
- evolutionary medicine, an interdisciplinary field that examines contemporary human disease within the larger context of evolutionary history;
- genetic epidemiology, an interdisciplinary field that examines the impact of genetic and environmental factors on modern human disease;
- molecular, cellular and developmental biology; and
- population genetics, a sub-field of genetics and evolutionary biology which examines genetic change over time within and between populations.
Classes & Curriculum
Following coursework in the first one to two years, you'll advance to candidacy and engage in research opportunities across the multiple labs and disciplines represented by the department. Doctoral students undertake a preliminary examination and subsequently write and defend an original dissertation to demonstrate mastery of their primary research area and methods.