The Ph.D. in quantitative biology is designed to train students to apply sophisticated quantitative techniques to solving basic and applied problems in biology. Students will attain substantially greater quantitative skills than in traditional doctoral programs in the biological sciences, providing them with a competitive advantage in business, industry, government, and academia.
About The Program
The Department of Biology offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in quantitative biology with a research emphasis in genome biology & genetics, cell biology, ecology & systematics, or microbiology. The doctoral program is designed to train students to apply sophisticated quantitative techniques to solving basic and applied problems in biology. Students in this program will attain substantially greater quantitative skills than in traditional doctoral programs in the biological sciences, providing them with a competitive advantage in business, industry, government, and academia.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Biology requires distinguished attainment both in scholarship and in research. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of a planned course of study, the ultimate basis for conferring the degree must be the demonstrated ability to do independent and creative work and the exhibition of a profound grasp of the subject matter within the field.
Mathematics: Students will be expected to have (or complete during their first year of residence) a strong quantitative background including a formal course in differential and integral calculus (i.e., Calculus I).
General Course Requirements: All students are required to complete 15 hours of coursework. All students are required to take BIOL 5314 (Biometry), BIOL 5340 (Bioinformatics), two seminar courses (2 x BIOL 5101), and one elective (see course listings below) as part of their required courses. All students must also complete two of the following three courses (BIOL 6301, BIOL 6302, BIOL 6303).
Other requirements: Each student will make three research presentations that are open to the entire department. These may include the proposal defense, a research progress report, and the dissertation defense.
Students can choose among the following courses to fulfill additional course requirements:
BIOL 5302 --- Microbial Genetics --- 3
BIOL 5304 --- Virology --- 3
BIOL 5309 --- Immunology --- 3
BIOL 5311 --- Evolution --- 3
BIOL 5317 --- Bacterial Pathogenesis --- 3
BIOL 5319 --- Human Genetics --- 3
BIOL 5335 --- Essentials of Genomics --- 3
BIOL 5354 --- Limnology --- 3
BIOL 5101 --- Special Topics in Biology
BIOL 5291 --- Individual Problems in Biology
BIOL 5301 --- Laboratory Rotation
BIOL 5193 - BIOL 5693
BIOL 5398 --- Thesis
BIOL 5698 --- Thesis
BIOL 5998 --- Thesis
BIOL 6191 --- Advanced Research
BIOL 6291 --- Advanced Research
BIOL 6391 --- Advanced Research
BIOL 6491 --- Advanced Research
BIOL 6591 --- Advanced Research
BIOL 6691 --- Advanced Research
BIOL 6999 --- Dissertation
BIOL 7399 --- Doctoral Degree Completion
Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the Biology Department may apply for the B.S. - Ph.D. Track or the doctoral program directly depending on their background. The B.S. - Ph.D. The track is the point of entry into doctoral studies for students with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, but without 30 hours of graduate-level coursework in Biology or a master's degree in Biology. Students who have already accomplished these goals may apply directly for the doctoral program as Ph.D. students. Degree requirements are the same for both groups (see below).
B.S. - PH.D. Track Students
Admission status in the B.S. - Ph.D. Track program is determined as follows:
Decisions are based on consideration of all the information listed below and are not based on any single criterion alone.
A Bachelor's degree in Biology or a Bachelor's degree in some other discipline with at least 12 hours of advanced-level coursework (junior or senior level courses) in Biology.
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants' overall GPA in the Sciences and within Biology are also considered.
A satisfactory score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam. Successful students tend to have a minimum combined total score of 1100 (old GRE scale), 301 (new GRE scale) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections, with a strong performance on the Quantitative section of the GRE exam.
Favorable letters of recommendation from at least three individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in graduate school.
Evidence of previous research experience may also be considered.
International students whose native language is not English must provide a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of at least 45, a minimum score of 23 on the Speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT exam, or a minimum score of 7 on the Speaking portion of the IELTS exam.