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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Plant Biology (PBIO)


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This program is offered in Durham.


Note:  Effective Spring 2016 admission to the Master of Science and PhD degrees in Plant Biology has been suspended.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have adequate preparation in plant biology and in the fundamentals of physical and biological sciences. They must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

M.S. Degree Requirements

Students will meet the Graduate School's requirements for the degree (minimum of 30 credits). Students will be required to write and defend a thesis (6-10 credits) based on field or laboratory research.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students will complete a program of study as determined by their guidance committee. Students will be advanced to candidacy after successfully completing comprehensive written and oral qualifying examinations covering a broad basic knowledge of their major and minor fields and their ability to design and carry out basic research in plant biology. Candidates must successfully defend a dissertation based on original research in plant biology. 

Teaching Requirements

Teaching experience is required of all M.S. and Ph.D. degree students. The requirement may be fulfilled by enrolling in a supervised teaching course, by serving as a teaching assistant, or by having previous professional teaching experience.