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 department and the EEBB program. At least two members of the student's guidance committee shall be members of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior faculty. One EEBB faculty member must serve as the student's Ph.D. advisor. The dual-major consists of the completion of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior 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:

  • 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 quantitative methods 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 l course)

EEBB doctoral candidates are required to complete one course from the following list:

  • ANS870/943 Techniques of Analyzing Unbalanced Research Data
  • CSS921 Contemporary Statistical Models in Biology
  • FW850  Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods
  • FW857 Theoretical Ecology
  • IBIO851 Statistical Methods for Ecology and Evolution

In preparation for the selected class from the list above, many EEBB students  (particularly those who do not enter MSU with a strong background in statistical analysis of data) elect first to take STT 464 (Statistics for Biologists) and STT 814 (Advanced Statistics for Biologists), or courses that are equivalent to these in topical coverage.

Plus attending EEBB Seminar Series each semester.

Ph.D. candidates must have at least two EEBB faculty members on their guidance committee. One EEBB faculty member must serve as the student's Ph.D. advisor.