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Preferred Admissions Standards

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Preferred Admission Standards

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in the biological or physical sciences or a related field.

  • GPA 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)

  • GRE General Examination test scores of 60th percentile or above - preferred. Note: Official (not copies) of the GRE results must not be more than 5 years old. Note: For applicants applying to the program for Fall 2021 start, we will waive the GRE requirement due to testing complications due to COVID-19. Test scores can be included in application if you have them, but they will not be mandatory this year.

  • Although GRE Subject Test scores in Biology, Biochemistry, or Cell and Molecular Biology are not required, they are considered in decisions on admission and financial support if submitted.

  • Official TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS test scores for international students who have NOT completed their undergraduate education at an institution where English is the primary language spoken.

Recommended Prior Coursework

Recommended coursework for admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. degree program in Integrated Biosciences is outlined below. However, please note that all applications are evaluated in their entirety, and no single deficiency automatically disqualifies an application from being considered.

For those seeking the MS Degree:

  • 1 year each chemistry, biology AND physics

  • 1 semester calculus

  • Other advanced courses in chemistry, biology, additional calculus, and introductory statistics are highly recommended.

For those seeking the Ph.D. Degree:

  • 1 semester college level calculus

  • 1 year each biology, chemistry AND physics

  • 1 year advanced chemistry - examples include, but are not limited to: organic, analytical, inorganic, biological or physical chemistry.

  • Basic knowledge of statistics recommended

Additional course recommendations

Ecology Organismal Population (EOP) emphasis:

  • 1 semester each statistics, ecology AND evolutionary biology

  • 1 course in two of the following subjects: Genetics, Cell biology, Biochemistry

Cell Molecular Physiological (CMP) emphasis:

  • 1 year organic chemistry

  • 1 course genetics

  • 1 course cell biology

  • 1 course biochemistry

Chemical Biology (CB) emphasis:

  • 1 year organic chemistry

  • 1 course biochemistry

  • 1 course cell biology

Additional Recommended Experience/Education

A background in a wide variety of subdisciplines is appropriate preparation for the Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program. 

  • Examples include, but are not limited to: biochemistry, botany, cell biology, chemistry, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, immunology, limnology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, physical chemistry, physics, physiology, psychology and zoology.

  • Prior research experience greatly strengthens applications