The Department of Integrative Biology offers graduate work leading toward the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in all areas of biology ranging from microscopic molecular foundations of living systems to global-scale geographical and evolutionary systems.
As part of their training, all students participate in the departmental seminar program, and doctoral students spend at least one year as teaching assistants. Most students are supported by graduate teaching or research assistantships. Students are expected to have broad competency in biology. The master’s program leads to a thesis or research report (non-thesis option) on a specific problem; the Ph.D. program emphasizes independent thesis research on a major topic at the forefront of the chosen field.