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Graduate Program

The graduate program for the student in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior varies with the department in which he or she is enrolled. Because EEBB is a dual-degree program students must also be accepted into a home department.

Specific curriculum details can be obtained from the graduate office of each department.

Academic Program

Doctoral and Masters degree programs are planned on an individual basis by the student, the thesis adviser, and the guidance committee of two to three members for the Master's program and four to five members for the Ph.D. program. These guidance committees must have two members from the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program for Ph.D. candidates and one member from EEBB for Master's candidates. The committee assists the student in designing an appropriate program of course work and research leading to the preparation of a thesis that presents the results of original research. Formal training is supplemented by a broad spectrum of seminars and colloquia sponsored by the EEBB program and participating departments.

Because entering graduate students have heterogeneous academic backgrounds, students are required to complete a series of graduate-level courses in their first two years in order to acquire a common base of knowledge. The program consists of a core of three required courses including ecology, evolution and quantitative methods in biology. Additional course work in an area of specialization should be undertaken in consultation with the student's guidance committee. The goal is to tailor each program to fit the needs and objectives of the student.


The amount of teaching expected of EEBB students depends on the source of their assistantships and on their home department. However, all students will receive some experience in teaching because of its importance to the career development of all scientists.

Educational Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, grades of 3.0 or better in biological science courses, and should have taken the Graduate Record Examination. For admission to the program, students are expected to have had preparation in calculus, introductory genetics, chemistry, and basic biology. Deficiencies in one or more of these areas may be rectified by taking appropriate undergraduate or graduate courses for collateral credit concurrently with graduate courses in the EEBB program curriculum.