Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Botany

Program Requirements

Course Requirements

Pedagogy training: Complete BOT 600.A, during summer IV term preceding your first fall semester in residence, and complete BOT 660 during your first fall semester in residence.

At least two BIO 650, 710, 720, or equivalent seminars are required

At least one Botany graduate course, of 3 credits or more, with a ‘B’ or higher from 3 of the 4 core areas in Botany:

  • Ecology, taxonomy, or systematics
  • Morphology, anatomy, or development
  • Cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, or physiology
  • Applied Skills (electron microscopy [lecture and lab], bioinformatics, pedagogy, statistics, instrumentation)

A minimum of six graduate level (e.g., 500 or above) courses, of at least 3 credit hours each

Sixteen to sixty hours of BIO 700, minimum total of 60 semester hours of graduate credit

Diagnostic Examinations

All PhD students must present and defend a dissertation proposal. All students must present and defend their dissertation. 

For additional information, contact Dr. Rich Moore (394 Pearson Hall,, 513-529-4278) or Dr. Michelle Boone (178 Pearson Hall,, 513-529-4901).