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Biology

Biology 2013-2014

Degree Requirements

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate studies in the department of biological sciences provide graduate students with a set of structured core classes that establish a strong foundation of basic knowledge in cell and molecular biology or ecology and evolution and that allow the knowledge to be built upon in subsequent specialized courses and independent research. Research areas are usually linked to the interest of the supervising faculty member. The department's current research strengths center around the two areas: cell and molecular biology (biophysics, neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, cell signaling and physiology, developmental biology, aging, molecular forensics and molecular evolution) and ecology and evolution (biogeochemistry, conservation biology, restoration ecology, molecular evolution). To complete research commitments, MS students generally work with a major professor of choice in the laboratory and/or field for about two years, while PhD students generally work for five years.

PhD in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology

The major requirements for completion of the PhD degree are 90 quarter hours of graduate course work and research credit, completion of all candidacy exams, and successful defense of the PhD dissertation. The course work includes the 20-credit graduate core curriculum: Advanced Cell Biology (BIOL 4211), Advanced Molecular Biology (BIOL 4212), Advanced Cell Signaling (BIOL 4213), Foundations in Literature: Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 4310), Biostatistics (BIOL 4080/4090), Grant Preparation (BIOL 4150), and Responsible Conduct in Research (BIOL 4231). The remainder of the credit hours required for the degree may be taken as Independent Study (BIOL 5991) or Independent Research (BIOL 5995) and/or courses that the dissertation committee judges to complement the student's major field. Additional requirements are attendance at departmental seminars, passing performance in the qualifying examination and the research proposal examination, presentation of one departmental seminar per year, completion of a research dissertation of publishable quality, and successful oral defense of the dissertation.

Master of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology

The major requirements for completion of the MS degree are 45 quarter hours of course work and research credit, and successful defense of the MS thesis. The course work includes the 16-credit graduate core curriculum: Advanced Cell Biology (BIOL 4211), Foundations in Literature: Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 4310), Biostatistics (BIOL 4080/4090), and Responsible Conduct in Research (BIOL 4231). The remainder of the credit hours required for the degree may be taken as Independent Study (BIOL 4991)  or Independent Research (BIOL 4995) and/or courses that the thesis committee judges to complement the student's major  field. Additional requirements are attendance at all departmental seminars, a thesis based on a research project approved by the thesis committee and a successful oral defense of the thesis.
 

PhD in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution

The major requirements for completion of the PhD degree are 90 quarter hours of graduate course work and research credit, completion of all candidacy exams, and successful defense of the PhD dissertation. The course work includes the 16-credit graduate core curriculum: Graduate Seminars: Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 4220), Biostatistics (BIOL 4080/4090), Research Methods (BIOL 4091), Foundations in Literature: Ecology and Evolution I, II and III (BIOL 4330, BIOL 4331, BIOL 4332), Grant preparation (BIOL 4150), and Responsible Conduct in Research (BIOL 4231). The remainder of the credit hours required for the degree may be taken as Independent Study (BIOL 5991) or Independent Research (BIOL 5995) and/or courses that the dissertation committee judges to complement the student's major field. Additional requirements are attendance at departmental seminars, passing performance in the qualifying examination and the research proposal examination, presentation of one departmental seminar per year, completion of a research dissertation of publishable quality, and successful oral defense of the dissertation. 

Master of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution

The major requirements for completion of the MS degree are 45 quarter hours of course work and research credit, and successful defense of the MS thesis. The course work includes the 12-credit graduate core curriculum: Graduate Seminars: Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 4220), Biostatistics (BIOL 4080/4090), Research Methods (BIOL 4091), Foundations in Literature: Ecology and Evolution I, II and III (BIOL 4330, 4331, 4332), and Responsible Conduct in Research (BIOL 4231). The remainder of the credit hours required for the degree may be taken as Independent Study (BIOL 4991) or Independent Research (BIOL 4995) and/or courses that the thesis committee judges to complement the student's major field. Additional requirements are attendance at all departmental seminars, a thesis based on a research project approved by the thesis committee, and a successful oral defense of the thesis.

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics is an interdepartmental PhD degree program at the University of Denver.