Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degree programs are offered in biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, evolution, molecular biology, plant morphology, paleobotany, plant physiology, and plant systematics. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. programs in molecular and cellular biology and the M.S. program in environmental studies.
To begin graduate study, you must have at least 24 quarter hours (or equivalent) of botany and/or related biological sciences. You also must have completed genetics, organic chemistry, and quantitative skills (i.e., calculus, statistics, or computer science). You may eliminate deficiencies in undergraduate preparation during the course of graduate study. Scores from the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination are required. Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as an evaluation of English proficiency.
For Ph.D. students, an advisory committee will determine the program of study, including coursework and quantitative skills (e.g., calculus, statistics, computer science). All graduate students are required to teach a minimum of two quarters during their tenure in the department. A research thesis (M.S.) or dissertation (Ph.D.) resulting from original research is required. A nonthesis terminal M.S. degree is also an option.
Applications for admission to graduate study in environmental and plant biology are accepted during all quarters. Applications for financial aid for the following academic year should be received by January 15.