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Doctorate in Integrative Biology 

As a student in our program, you will become competent in the core content knowledge of integrative biology; develop written and oral communication skills necessary to advance scientific knowledge; develop critical-thinking skills to remain a lifelong learner and contributor to a scientifically literate society; and be prepared for careers in and outside of academia in disciplines that focus on the biological sciences and human interactions with the environment.


  • 60 credit hours total
  • 15 credit hours (minimum) of dissertation research
  • 3 seminar courses required
  • For more specifics on curriculum, see the course catalog or contact our graduate coordinator.


Research and Faculty

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The Department of Integrative Biology takes an integrative approach to research in organismal biology, focusing on increasing our knowledge of organisms and their environments through studies ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem levels.



  • GPA of 3.0 or better in all undergraduate coursework
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental form to identify preferred faculty advisors and preparation for a position as a graduate teaching assistant
  • After admission, receive agreement from Integrative Biology Graduate faculty member to serve as your advisor

Test Scores:

  • GRE preferred but not required beginning in 2021

Application Deadline:

  • February 1 (preferred consideration for teaching assistantships)
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Cost & Assistance

Graduate students in our program are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships or fellowships. The 9-month stipend for an MS GTA is $19,944. The 9-month stipend for a PhD GTA is $23,175.



Assistantships and Scholarships

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