Program structure

Type

Philosophiae Doctor (Ph. D.)

Number

3-235-1-0

Structure description

The doctorate program consists of 90 credits. There are two options:

  • General Biology option (segment 70)
  • Museum Studies option (segment 71)

Segment 70 - General Biology option

Number of credits: 84 mandatory credits for a thesis, 3 to 6 credits from optional courses chosen from the courses from blocks 70A, 70B, 70C and 70D and a maximum of 3 credits from blocks 70E and 70F.

The breakdown of credits depends on the student's previous education.

Block 70A Comprehensive coursework Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Course Title Credits Period  
BIO 6106 Advanced Cellular Biology 3 Day course  
BIO 6115 Advances in Phylogenetic Systematics 3 Day course  
BIO 6157 Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3  
BIO 6250 Molecular Evolution 3  
BIO 6260 Microbial Genomics 3 Day course  
BIO 6441 Insect Systematics 3 Day course  
BIO 6720 Landscape Ecology 3  
BIO 6790 Parasitism 3 Day course  
BIO 6803 Accountability and the Environment 1  
BIO 6820 Metal Biogeochemistry 2 Day course  
BIO 6821 Metal Biogeochemistry Internship 1  
BIO 6875 Principles of Biological Control 3 Day course  
BIO 6965 Biodiversity: Role, Threats, Solutions 3 Day course  
BIO 6970 Wetland Ecology 3 Day course  

Block 70B Thematic seminars Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Course Title Credits Period  
BIO 6028 Plant Biology Seminars 3  

Block 70C Methodology courses Optional – maximum of 8 credits

Course Title Credits Period  
BIO 6020 Microscopy 3  
BIO 6041 Introduction to R Programming 1  
BIO 6077 Quantitative Data Analysis 4 Day course  
BIO 6245 Phylogenetic Analysis 4  

Block 70D Specialized courses Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Course Title Credits Period  
BIO 6008 Special Topics in Biology 3  
BIO 6009 Directed Readings in Biology at the Master's Level 3  
BIO 6011 Research Internship in Biology at the Master's Level 3  

Block 70E Related courses Optional – maximum of 3 credits

Course Title Credits Period  
BIN 6002 Principles of Genomics Analysis 3 Day course  
EDD 6050 Biodiversity Management 3 Day course  
ENV 6002 Environmental Impacts 3 Evening course  
GEO 6342 GIS: Theory 3 Day course  
GEO 6352 GIS: Practice 3 Day course  
MSL 6515 Natural Science Collections 3 Day course  
NSC 6060 Cellular Neurophysiology 3 Day course  
NSC 6070 Functional Neurophysiology 3 Day course  
TXL 6014 Environmental Toxicology 3 Evening course  

Block 70F Elective – maximum of 3 credits

Courses chosen with the program director’s approval.

Block 70G Research and thesis Mandatory – 84 credits

Course Title Credits Period  
BIO 7000 PhD Comprehensive Examination 0  
BIO 7001 Thesis 84  

Segment 71 - Museum Studies option

Number of credits: 84 mandatory credits, of which 81 are for a thesis, 3 to 6 credits from optional courses and a maximum of 3 credits from elective courses.

The breakdown of credits depends on the student's previous education.

Block 71A Comprehensive coursework Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Block 71B Thematic seminars Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Block 71C Methodology courses Optional – maximum of 8 credits

Block 71D Specialized courses Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Block 71E Museum Studies Mandatory – 3 credits

Course Title Credits Period  
PLU 7000 Integrative Seminar in Museum Studies 3  

Block 71F Elective – maximum of 3 credits

Courses chosen with the program director’s approval.

Block 71G Research and thesis Mandatory – 81 credits

Course Title Credits Period  
BIO 7003 Thesis 81  

Date of last modification: 18 April 2021

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