Graduate Requirement List for PhD Students

Ph.D. Program

During the first year of study toward a dual-major Ph.D. degree, the student and the major professor select a guidance committee that will assist in planning the student's program of study for both the home department and the EEBB program. At least two members of the student's guidance committee must be members of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior faculty, either core or affiliate faculty. One EEBB faculty member, either core or affiliate faculty, must serve as the student's Ph.D. advisor. The dual-major consists of the completion of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior/Statistical Methods required core courses listed below.

Because of the dual-major with EEBB and the student's home department, candidates must fulfill both the departmental requirements and the following EEBB graduate degree requirements:

  • Two 800-level 2 course sequence IBIO/PLB/ENT 830 & 831: This two-class, year-long sequence on quantitative methods in ecology and evolution is required of all EEBB students matriculating in or after 2018
  • One 800-level course in evolution offered by the College of Natural Science or the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (3 credits)
  • One 800-level course in ecology offered by the College of Natural Science or the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (3 credits)

Graduate Ecology Course (800 Level: l course)

  PLB826 Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach (OTS)
  FW824 Analysis of Wildlife Population
  FW840 Landscape Ecology
  FW877 Fish Population Dynamics
  FOR804 Forest Ecology
  IBIO822 Topics in Ethology and Behavioral Ecology
  IBIO896 Population and Community Ecology
  IBIO897 Ecosystem Ecology & Global Change

Graduate Evolution Course (800 Level: l course)

  IBIO/PLB849 Evolutionary Biology
  *FW828 Conservation Genetics
  *FOR842 Population Genetics
  *IBIO855 Molecular Evolution

*These are advanced courses and require prior broad evolutionary biology background.

Many EEBB students will prefer to take the more general broadly based Evolutionary Biology BOT/IBIO 849 course. Those students who already have a strong background in evolutionary biology may elect to take one of the more advanced courses listed above (*), but must receive approval of the instructor(s). Of course, more than one evolution course may be taken upon suggestion by the students’ guidance committee.

Quantitative Methods Course (800 Level:
2 courses)

All EEBB doctoral candidates are required to complete the following:
  IBIO/PLB/ENT 830 Statistical Methods in Ecology and Evolution I (fall) 
  IBIO/PLB/ENT 831 Statistical Methods in Ecology and Evolution II (spring) 

EEBB doctoral candidates are expected to attend as many talks as they can in the EEBB Seminar Series each semester. Seminars take place on Thursdays at 3:30pm.

The EEBB Graduate Group (EGG) consisting of graduate students from various departments and colleges at Michigan State University meet periodically and host social and outreach events throughout the year.