Bio Sci-Ecology/Evolution Bio - Ph.D.

Kent State University
5 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
On campus

About this program

Bio Sci-Ecology/Evolution Bio - Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences—Ecology and Evolutionary Biology provides opportunities to study in areas such as animal behavior, entomology, limnology, microbial ecology, ornithology, systems ecology, systematic and evolutionary biology, environmental physiology, vertebrate ecology and population and community ecology. Although courses of study are tailored to students’ interests and needs, the program for all students normally includes training in population, community, ecosystems and evolutionary ecology and statistical theory. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of ecology, students are encouraged to take courses in geology, mathematics, chemistry and other disciplines.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
  • Strong background in biology and related subjects such as chemistry and mathematics1
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission

English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:

  • Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
  • Minimum 94 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
  • Minimum 82 MELAB score
  • Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
  • Minimum 65 PTE score
  • Minimum 120 Duolingo English Test score

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Major requirements

  • Biological Statistics
  • Responsible Conduct in Research and Teaching-biological Sciences
  • Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Communities and Ecosystems
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Seminar in Ecology (Repeated Each Semester Until Candidacy)
  • Dissertation I


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Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand advanced biological concepts beyond the scope of the typical undergraduate degree, and increase the depth of their knowledge through coursework and hands-on experiences.
  2. Apply scientific principles and appreciate work outside of their particular field.
  3. Effectively communicate about science with colleagues as well as those outside of the student's area of expertise.
  4. Develop the necessary laboratory skills that will allow testing of hypotheses.

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Kent State University

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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