Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Doctor of Philosophy

For information, contact:
Dr. Hank Stevens
338 Pearson, Hall

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology is a multi-disciplinary program that includes the study of organisms and their interactions with the environment.

Program requirements

The focus of a student's program will be his/her dissertation research. Course requirements will be flexible to meet the particular needs and goals of each student. Thus, a student interested in global climate change and its effect on biogeochemical cycling will be permitted to take a set of courses that is largely different from another student interested in the evolutionary genetics of an endangered species.

Each student will be required to earn at least 12 graduate credits from formal courses. At least 2 of these courses must be "program courses." (Program courses are those offered by the various departments, which the EEEB Executive Committee designates as officially approved program courses). In addition, at least one additional course (not including the 2 "program courses" mentioned above) must be from the student’s home department. The particular set of courses taken by an individual student will be determined in consultation with his/her advisor and committee.

Each student must also take at least 5 graduate credits of approved EEEB seminar courses, in addition to the 12 credits mentioned above. Two of these seminar credits will be taken in year 1 of the program in the form of two new 1-credit seminar courses that will developed by EEEB faculty and offered each year (one each in fall and spring semesters). These new seminars will cover a breadth of topics in EEEB, will be team-taught by EEEB faculty, will serve as an introduction to the scope of EEEB, and will help facilitate the formation of cohorts of EEEB students. The other 3 graduate seminar credits will be taken from graduate seminars offered by the participating departments and falling within the EEEB domain (e.g., "journal club" style courses such as BOT 720, GEO 620, GLG 710, MBI 750, ZOO 710). EEEB students can choose from among these seminars, but to meet program requirements these must be officially approved as "EEEB seminars." Collectively, EEEB faculty will offer at least two of these "EEEB seminars" each semester. The topics and instructors will vary, in accordance with recent emerging topics, and the EEEB Executive Committee will determine which seminars receive this designation each semester. Faculty members will be encouraged to offer seminar courses that are cross-listed among departments and team-taught by EEEB faculty. This will not impose a burden on our faculty; for example, Zoology already offers 2 seminars in EEEB areas each semester, and it is expected that these will be approved as "program seminars." EEEB faculty have offered co-taught, cross-listed seminars numerous times in the past. For example, during fall semester 2000, three EEEB faculty from three different departments offered a graduate seminar entitled Human Impacts on Ecological Processes, cross-listed as Botany 720, Geography 620, and Zoology 710.

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