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Graduate Programs in Integrative Biology

Sabra Marie TallChief Comet, Cait Goodwin, Sarah Wolf, Katrina Vickery and another person play The Watershed Game at Oregon Sea Grant's 2022 State of the Coast conference at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Sabra Marie TallChief Comet, Cait Goodwin, Sarah Wolf and Katrina Vickery play The Watershed Game at Oregon Sea Grant's 2022 State of the Coast conference at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

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.

Join the Department of Integrative Biology

We welcome prospective graduate students with strong science and math backgrounds and an interest in innovative research.

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Research in integrative biology

Graduate students in Oregon State University Department of Integrative Biology explore a wide range of research questions across organisms, systems and time scales. Mentored by outstanding faculty experts, graduate students pursue research projects that take them to fieldwork and locales across the globe.

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Graduate advising

Integrative biology advising is organized around the conviction that students should be actively engaged in their education, as well as the planning and decisions needed to reach their professional goals. From the beginning, advising focuses on educational and professional goals, and advisors work to suggest opportunities that are important to being successful in those goals.

From research to outreach: Graduate experiences in Biology

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Interested in our graduate program? Visit us to learn more about our program and to meet current graduate students, as well as prospective faculty mentors. We would love to have you!

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Graduate student life

Explore all the opportunities to get involved in our student and campus community and discover why the Department of Integrative Biology can be the right place for you.

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Explore more than 30 graduate courses in integrative biology that range from the science-policy interface to modern phylogenetic analysis. Students may also take relevant courses offered by other departments.