​Program of Study

The course work in the Program is centered on the courses listed below.  Students may choose at least one Ecology course from Group 1, at least one Evolution course from Group 2, and an additional course from Group 3:

1.  Population Ecology (Bio 4170) or Community Ecology (Bio 419)

2.  Macroevolution (Bio 4182), Population Genetics (Bio 4181), Molecular Evolution (Bio 4183) or Behavioral Ecology

3.  Another of the six aforementioned courses, Genomics (Bio 5488), Advanced Genetics (Bio 5491), or another approved course (approval from the program director).

Ethics (Bio 5011) - Spring semester of 2nd year
Mentored Teaching Experience in either Fall or Spring semester of 2nd year.

Students are also expected to enroll in the Population Biology Seminar (Bio 580) each semester for the first two years of the Program.

A number of specialty courses are also available, including:

Ethnobiology Journal Club (Bio 582)
Floristic Taxonomy (Bio 585)
Statistics for Medical and Public Health Researchers (Math 507M)

In addition to formal course work, students undertake three research laboratory rotations, each approximately three months in duration, to obtain experience in areas including the techniques of molecular genetics, morphomerty, quantitative genetics, field ecology, cytology, and systematics. 

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