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Doctoral Course Requirements

The following are requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University.

Graduate core courses (6 hrs.)

Students must enroll in two of the following six core courses:

Prokaryotic Cell Biology (BIOS 6110)
Eukaryotic Cell Biology (BIOS 6120)
Animal Physiology (BIOS 6130)
Plant Physiology (BIOS 6140)
Ecology (BIOS 6150)
Evolution (BIOS 6160)

Elective courses (19 hrs.)

Elective courses allow each student to tailor additional course work to meet individual needs, and are selected from graduate level Biological Sciences or approved cognate courses with the advice and approval of the student’s dissertation committee and the Graduate Advisor.

Biological sciences colloquium (3 hrs.)

Students must enroll in Colloquium (BIOS 6050) in three different semesters.

Teaching of Biological Sciences (3 hrs.)

Doctoral students are provided mentored hands-on experience with the teaching of biological sciences by enrolling in four hours of SCI 6180, including a formal course and three Teaching Experiences.

Research requirement (30 hrs.)

Doctoral students are required to take 30 hours of research credit, including 15 hours of Independent Research (BIOS 7350) and 15 hours of Doctoral Dissertation (BIOS 7300). Research is conducted under the guidance of the student’s major advisor and dissertation committee.