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Biology Graduate Program Tracks

The listed program tracks are for outline purposes only and are based on full-time attendance. Please discuss other track options with your Major Advisor, Graduate Program Coordinator & verify funding availability with your Business Manager.

Master's Plan-A

Year One
First Semester (Fall)
Register 7 credits (Intro to Grad Studies)

  • Review Policy & Handbook
  • Meet with Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Sign Spring Assistantship Agreement

Second Semester (Spring)
Register 6 Credits
Apply for Scholarships

  • Individual Development Plan
  • Supervisory Committee
  • Verify Summer Funding

Summer Semester
No Registration Required

  • Prepare Thesis Proposal
  • RCR/CITI training as needed
  • Sign Fall Assistantship Agreement

Year Two
Third Semester (Fall)
Register 6 Credits

  • Thesis Proposal Approval
  • DegreeWorks Plan – Program of Study
  • Annual Professional Development Plan
  • Sign Spring Assistantship Agreement

Fourth Semester (Spring)
Register 6 Credits
Apply for Scholarships

  • Begin Compiling Thesis
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Verify Summer Funding

Summer Semester
No Registration Required
Defense Review Meeting with GPC

  • Verify all forms are filed with SGS
  • Verify all credits are applicable
  • Reserve defense location
  • Submit Title and Photo
  • Sign Fall Assistantship Agreement

Year Three
Fifth Semester (Fall)
Register 5 Credits

  • Appointment for Exam
  • Defend Thesis
Total of 30 Credits Earned

Grace Semester (Spring)
No Registration Required

  • Finish final thesis edits
  • Submit Thesis to GPC
  • Submit Title Page
  • Apply for Graduation
  • Authorship & Copyright
  • Format & Style / ETD
  • IRB / IACUC cert.

Doctoral with prior MS degree

Year One
First Semester (Fall)
Register 7 credits (Intro to Grad Studies)

  • Review Policy & Handbook
  • Meet with Graduate Coordinator
  • Sign Spring Assistantship Agreement

Second Semester (Spring)
Register 6 Credits
Apply for Scholarships

  • Individual Development Plan
  • Supervisory Committee
  • Verify Summer Funding

Summer Semester
No Registration Required

  • RCR/CITI Training
  • Sign Fall Assistantship Agreement

Year Two
Third Semester (Fall)
Register 6 Credits

  • DegreeWorks Plan – Program of Study
  • Individual Development Plan
  • Annual Professional Development Plan
  • Sign Spring Assistantship Agreement

Fourth Semester (Spring)
Register 6 Credits
Apply for Scholarships

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Application for Candidacy
  • Begin Compiling Dissertation
  • Verify Summer Funding

Summer Semester
No Registration Required
Defense Review Meeting with GPC

  • Verify all forms are filed with SGS
  • Verify all credits are applicable
  • Reserve defense location
  • Submit Title and Photo
  • Sign Fall Assistantship Agreement

Year Three
Fifth Semester (Fall)
Register 5 Credits

  • Appointment for Exam
  • Defend Dissertation
Total of 30 Credits Earned

Grace Semester (Spring)
No Registration Required

  • Finish final dissertation edits
  • Submit Dissertation to GPC
  • Submit Title Page
  • Apply for Graduation
  • Authorship & Copyright
  • Format & Style / ETD
  • IRB / IACUC cert.

Doctoral

Year One
First Semester (Fall)
Register 7 credits (Intro to Grad Studies)

  • Review Policy & Handbook
  • Meet with Graduate Coordinator
  • Sign Spring Assistantship Agreement

Second Semester (Spring)
Register 6 Credits
Apply for Scholarships

  • Verify Summer Funding

Summer Semester
No Registration Required

  • RCR/CITI Training
  • Sign Fall Assistantship Agreement

Year Two
Third Semester (Fall)
Register 6 Credits

  • Individual Development Plan
  • Supervisory Committee
  • Sign Spring Assistantship Agreement

Fourth Semester (Spring)
Register 6 Credits
Apply for Scholarships

  • DegreeWorks Plan – Program of Study
  • Annual Professional Development Plan
  • Verify Summer Funding

Summer Semester
No Registration Required

  • Sign Fall Assistantship Agreement

Year Three
Fifth Semester (Fall)
Register 6 Credits

  • Annual Professional Development Plan
  • Begin Compiling Dissertation
  • Sign Spring Assistantship Agreement

Sixth Semester (Spring)
Register 6 Credits
Apply for Scholarships

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Application for Candidacy
  • Verify Summer Funding

Summer Semester
No Registration Required

  • Continue Compiling Dissertation
  • Sign Fall Assistantship Agreement

Year Four
Seventh Semester (Fall)
Register 6 Credits

  • Annual Professional Development Plan
  • Sign Spring Assistantship Agreement
Eighth Semester (Spring)

Register 6 Credits
Apply for Scholarships

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Application for Candidacy
  • Verify Summer Funding

Summer Semester
No Registration Required

  • Continue Compiling Dissertation
  • Sign Fall Assistantship Agreement
Year Five
Ninth Semester (Fall)
Register 6 Credits

Defense Review Meeting with GPC

  • Verify all forms are filed with SGS
  • Verify all credits are applicable
  • Reserve defense location
  • Submit Title and Photo
  • Sign Fall Assistantship Agreement

Tenth Semester (Spring)
Register 5 Credits

  • Apply for Graduation
  • Appointment for Exam
  • Defend Dissertation

Total of 60 Credits Earned
Grace Semester (Summer)
No Registration Required

  • Finish final dissertation edits
  • Submit Dissertation to GPC
  • Submit Title Page
  • Apply for Graduation
  • Authorship & Copyright
  • Format & Style / ETD
  • IRB / IACUC cert.

If more time is needed to complete research discuss program options with your Major Advisor, Graduate Program Coordinator & verify funding availability with your Business Manager.