Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)

 

The MS and PhD programs in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology seek to provide students with a foundation in theory, experimental design, and the technical knowledge necessary to study ecology and evolution at all levels of biological organization. Students, in collaboration with faculty, develop expertise in a specialization of his or her choice, culminating in a thesis or dissertation based on original research. 

Applicants should refer to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Faculty page for more information on faculty research interests, which include:

  • aquatic ecology
  • terrestrial ecology
  • microbial ecology
  • evolutionary biology
  • genomics
  • plant ecology
  • biogeochemistry
  • community ecology

EEB Program Requirements

MS students must complete a minimum of 32 hours of graduate course work; including a minimum of 14 credit hours of formal graduated course work and 6 credit hours of Thesis I.

PhD students must complete a minimum 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree or 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree; including a minimum of 20 credit hours of formal graduate course work and 30 credit hours of Dissertation I.

            EEB course requirements

  • Responsible Conduct in Research and Teaching
  • Seminar in Ecology
  • A graduate level biostatistics class

      MS students take 3 of the classes below; PhD students take 4 of the classes below:

  • Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Populations and Communities
  • Communities and Ecosystems

Students should enroll in additional courses that provide necessary skills for completion of research projects and that will be beneficial for their professional development.  All students must complete the required online Laboratory Safety Training.  Students with coursework deficits in curricula of prior degrees should enroll in appropriate graduate-level courses.

            EEB common elective courses

  • Introduction to Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Plant Ecology
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Stream Biology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Limnology

Click here to apply to our MS/PhD programs

EEB Timelines

MS Timeline

  • Semester 1: Form faculty guidance committee
  • End of Semester 1: Create a program of study to define required coursework
  • End of Semester 2: Generate a research proposal
  • End of year 2: Complete all required coursework
  • Final Semester (average 2.5yr):
    • Complete Thesis
    • Give Department seminar (30-minute)
    • Pass final oral defense

PhD Timeline

  • Semester 1: Form faculty guidance committee
  • End of Semester 1: Create a program of study to define required coursework.
  • End of year 2: Complete all required coursework & take candidacy examination
  • End of year 3: Complete prospectus
  • Final Semester (average 6yr):
    • Complete Dissertation
    • Give Department seminar (45-minute)
    • Pass final oral defense