The graduate program in ecology and evolution is concerned with the relations between organisms and the environment and with interactions among organisms. It is sponsored by participating faculties in the biological sciences. Normally, a one-year residence of two full-time, consecutive terms following the qualifying examination is required for the Ph.D. candidate. A minimum of 72 credits (30 in course work, 42 in research) is required. Two M.S. options are available: with a thesis or without. Both M.S. programs require 30 credits, 18 of which must be at the graduate level.
The program provides a broad spectrum of courses and research opportunities to qualified students who seek careers in university teaching and research or employment opportunities in governmental agencies or private institutions.
Areas of specialization include behavior, conservation biology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, population and community ecology, population genetics, molecular evolution, restoration ecology, and behavior.