Botany- M.A. in Teaching, M.S., Ph.D., Certificate in Ecology

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biology
212 Pearson Hall (513-529-3100)
www.miamioh.edu/botany

Research and Support Facilities

The department has well-equipped research laboratories in plant anatomy and morphology, cell biology, plant ecology, plant evolutionary genetics, plant molecular biology, mycology, plant physiology, plant systematics, and bioinformatics. Special facilities include: Electron Microscopy and Imaging Facility, Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium, Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, plant growth chamber facility, Ecology Research Center (184 acres), and computer and microcomputer facilities. Special departmental funds are available on a competitive basis to support student research projects.

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on evaluations by departmental faculty. You should submit a departmental application, transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, three letters of recommendation, a copy of your resume/CV, and a statement that describes your training and experience and defines your area of research interest and long-range goals. (See department Web site.)

Requirements: Master of Arts

(36 semester hours)

  1. Minimum background preparation at the undergraduate level in:
    • general biology or botany
    • organic chemistry or biochemistry
    • genetics or evolution
  2. Complete BIO 601 during the summer term preceding your first fall semester in residence and complete BIO 660 during your first fall semester in residence.
  3. Complete at least 36 hours of graduate work including at least (a) one of BIO 650, 720, or equivalent; (b) three BIO 500- or 600-level courses with a minimum of three hours each, exclusive of BIO 600, 720, and 750; (c) six to 12 hours of BIO 700.
  4. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of botany and related areas by passing an oral comprehensive examination.
  5. Complete an internship experience (or approved substitute), write a report in accordance with current Graduate School guidelines, and pass an oral defense of the internship report.

Requirements: Master of Arts in Teaching in the Biological Sciences

(35 semester hours)

For more information about requirements, admission, and program description go to Miami University Graduate programs at: http://masters.df.miamioh.edu or visit the Biological Sciences field of study in this Bulletin.

Requirements: Master of Science

(30 semester hours)

  1. Master’s candidates who have not had adequate undergraduate training in general biology or botany, organic chemistry or biochemistry, and genetics or evolution, must make up such deficiencies as part of the graduate program.
  2. Complete BIO 601 during the summer term preceding your first fall semester in residence, and complete BIO 660 during your first fall semester in residence.
  3. Complete at least 30 hours of graduate work including at least: (a) one of BIO 650, 720, or equivalent; (b) one botany graduate (500 or above) course of three credit hours or more (with a "B" or higher) from three of the four core areas in botany; (c) one additional pedagogical botany graduate course exclusive of BIO 600, 720, and 750; (d) completing six to 12 hours of BIO 700.
  4. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of botany and related areas by passing an oral comprehensive examination.
  5. Pass an oral defense of the thesis.

In addition to the general requirements described above, M.S. students may be eligible for a certificate in Ecology by taking additional specific formal coursework. See the field of study listings in this Graduate Bulletin titled Ecology-Certificate for more details regarding requirements.

Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy

(60 semester hours)

In addition to the general requirements specified by the Graduate School, you must meet minimum requirements for the master’s degree or equivalent and fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Complete BIO 601 during the summer term preceding your first fall semester in residence, and complete BIO 660 during your first fall semester in residence.
  2. Complete at least 60 hours of graduate work including at least (a) two of BIO 650, 720, or equivalent; (b) one biology graduate (500 or above) course of three credit hours or more (with a "B" or higher) from each of the four core areas in biology; (c) two additional pedagogical biology graduate courses exclusive of BIO 600, 720, and 750; (d) 16 to 60 hours of BIO 850.
  3. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of botany and related areas by passing a written and oral comprehensive examination.
  4. Pass an oral defense of the doctoral dissertation.

In addition to the general requirements described above, Ph.D. students may be eligible for a certificate in Ecology by taking additional specific formal coursework. See the field of study listings in this Graduate Bulletin titled Ecology-Certificate for more details regarding requirements.

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