Current Students

NEW CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS will be in effect for those students beginning the program in FALL Semester 2019.  The new changes, as well as the pre-Fall 2019 requirements, are reflected in the information below.

Graduate level supervisory courses (BIO 5000, 6910, 6920, 6930, 6940, 6960) are not offered during Summer Semester.  Please plan your schedules accordingly.

Start-up Guide

The Start-up Flowchart below is designed to aid students in their transition into the Biological Sciences Graduate Program. You are also encouraged to browse the Department of Biological Sciences website, as well as the University website for more information. Clicking a box will forward you to the information page pertaining to that step.

The Start-up Flowchart 1. Go through online orientation 2. Read University Policy table PDF 3. Consult with major professor about taking the GWT 4. Enroll in Graduate student database (optional) 5. Read about Teaching Associates positions and financial aid

Graduate Program Guide

The Graduate Program Flowchart below is designed to aid students in the Graduate Program to plan their graduate careers and keep track of their progress. Please note that the flowchart is a guide and NOT a substitution for meeting regularly with your major professor regarding your plans and progress. Clicking a box will forward you to the information page pertaining to that step.

The Graduate Program Flowchart 12. Thesis Defense 11. Apply for graduation 10. Read Near Graduation Info 9. Read Thesis info document 8. Perform thesis research 7. Thesis proposal 6. Submit yearly progress report 5. Perform thesis research C. Submit GS-101 form by end of first year B. Animal care and use information for those working with animals A. Develop research plan with major professor 4. Read, Register for supervisory units Repeat until coursework and research is complete Repeat until coursework and research is complete 3. Register for classes 2. Review projected course listings 1. Review degree requirements

Additional Information

  • How to track your degree progress during your time in the program.
    • According to the Registrar's Web Page, as of August 25, 2010:

      Students in all graduate programs (except Masters of Arts in Education) do not have to complete a Request for Graduation Check form. In lieu of having a graduation check, students in these programs will be able to access their Degree Progress Report . Once the approved Program of Study "Contract" has been received in the Registrar's Office from the Graduate Studies Office it will be reviewed by an evaluator and noted on the DPR as the graduation check.

  • Departmental Graduate Program Policies.
  • Course Recertification Policy and Procedure (for courses more than 7 years old).
  • Waiver of residency - to graduate from the program without being registered for supervisory units (conditional eligibility).
  • Student Learning Objectives, Assessment Plan, Assessment Data, Analysis, and Programmatic Response for the Graduate program.
  • It is recommended that students read the FAQ page.

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