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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biological Science (Ph.D.)

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Doctor of Philosophy: Total 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree

  • Biology courses 31-41 credit hours
  • Topical seminar 3 credit hours
  • Graduate Seminar 1 credit hours
  • Dissertation research 15-40 credit hours
  • Support courses outside of area 5-15 credit hours

Supporting Course Work

Supporting course work must include a research tool, such as computer science or statistics. Previously completed graduate hours (maximum of 30 hours from a Master’s degree) may count towards the total number of credit hours subject to the approval of the advisory committee. Completion of the degree requires a demonstrated ability to conduct original and independent research. The Doctoral program is offered in cooperation with South Dakota State University (SDSU). Students may take courses at SDSU if appropriate to their degree program. See for a description of the advisory committee, the annual progress report, the dissertation proposal, and recommended timetable for completion of the degree.

Specialization: Neuroscience: 15 credit hours (Optional)


*Dissertation topic must be in a neuroscience area if you specialize in Neuroscience.

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