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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

The department offers graduate work leading to both Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. EEOB graduate students major in one of several interdepartmental majors. The EEOB faculty members are active in the interdepartmental graduate majors and teach a wide range of graduate courses.

Faculty research programs cover a wide range of specializations including:

  • physiology and physiological ecology
  • microbiology
  • animal behavior
  • evolutionary genetics of plants and animals
  • modeling of evolutionary and ecological processes
  • plant and animal systematics
  • neurobiology
  • developmental biology
  • aquatic and wetland ecology
  • functional population, community, landscape, and ecosystem ecology
  • conservation biology

Prospective graduate students need a sound background in the physical and biological sciences, as well as mathematics and English.

Students who are enrolled in the interdeparmental graduate majors with EEOB affiliation are required to participate in deparmental seminars, to participate in research activities, and to show progress and professional development while pursuing their degree.

For both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, it is expected that research conducted by the student will culminate in the writing and presentation of a thesis or dissertation.