The Biology Graduate Program stresses a close interrelationship between students and faculty, a strong grounding in fundamentals, and an early emphasis on research. Students undertake lab rotations in their first year to gain experience with different research approaches and acquaint themselves with different research environments. Teaching experience is also included as part of the graduate training to prepare students for an academic career. Students participate in the in-house seminar series, departmental seminars, journal clubs, and the annual department retreat.

The Graduate Group in Biology offers programs leading to the Ph.D. degree only; applicants interested in a terminal master’s degree are not considered for admission.