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Biological Sciences

The goals of the Department of Biological Sciences graduate program are to support and encourage students in their preparation for careers as research scientists and/or educators. Programs within the department encompass all levels of biological organization, ranging from molecules to cells, systems, organisms, populations, and ecosystems. Our research strengths are in ecology, evolution, behavior, and organismal biology. We use comparative approaches to study both the evolutionary history and ecological consequences of biodiversity. These strengths complement and expand upon programs in Medicine and Engineering, and students are encouraged to draw upon the offerings of these academic units as part of their program of study.


Quick Info

Program Code



5 years

Admission Criteria

Highly competitive


Main Campus


Biological Sciences
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


Ishi Buffam
Phone: 513-556-9745

Career Possibilities

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Admission Requirements

• Official College Transcript
• Official GRE score for the General Test
• Official TOEFL test score if English is not your native language
• Two letters of Recommendation submitted using the online system

Our program is a research graduate program, and all entering students are assigned a faculty advisor with whom they will begin research. Therefore, faculty evaluations of potential graduate students are important to decisions about admissions. We highly recommend contacting faculty members with whom you would be interested in working. Our web site includes email addresses, phone numbers and links to the research web pages of faculty. Our site also has a comprehensive list of faculty publications from 1994-2013. If you have any questions concerning selection of a faculty mentor or focusing your research interests, please contact the program.

Application Deadlines

January 1st for full financial consideration


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