Graduate Certificates

The Graduate Biology Program  offers two Certificate programs for students who initially do not wish to pursue the full Master's degree. These programs are suitable for either full- or part-time students, and include coursework primarily in one of two areas - Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology or Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology.

Qualified students in a certificate program may apply for acceptance to either the M.A. or the M.S. degree programs.

Certificate Requirements

A Certificate of Graduate Study in Biology requires:

  • a minimum of 16 credit hours of course
  • at least three lab courses from the list associated with the subject area.

A Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Biology requires:

  • a minimum of 24 credit hours of courses
  • at least four lab courses from the list associated with the subject area.

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their program courses in order to receive a certificate.

Transfer to and from certificate programs

Those with special student status wishing to continue in one of the certificate programs must petition the Biology Graduate Committee for a reevaluation of their status (and should provide transcripts if they have not done so already).

Students in a certificate program may apply for acceptance to either the M.A. or the M.S. degree programs. This is dependent upon approval of matriculated status. Students who have successfully completed a basic or advanced certificate program and have achieved a grade of 3.0 or higher in each course taken will, upon request, automatically be accepted into the M.A. program and may apply for the M.S. degree option.

Students enrolled in the M.A. or M.S. program who do not want to complete the degree program but have completed the requirements for a certificate, will receive that certificate.

Departmental or University support in the form of teaching or research fellowships or other awards is open only to those students enrolled as matriculated students in the M.A. or M.S. programs.

Graduate Courses by Subject Areas

Cell, Molecular and Developmental
Biology (CMDB)

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal
Biology (EEOB)

Other Courses

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The Graduate Programs in Biology - built on the principle that science is a continuing human endeavor that encompasses research, learning and teaching - prepare students for lives of continuing inquiry.

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