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Eric Scott, Ph.D. candidate, standing in a tea field at the
Chinese Agricultural Academy of Sciences Tea Research
Institute in Hangzhou, China
Doctor of Philosophy
The primary goal of the department's doctoral program is to
develop independent, creative research scientists. This is
accomplished through research training, graduate-level courses,
seminars, and teaching experience. Entering students are assigned an
advisory committee of three faculty members who work with the
student to plan a suitable program based on the student's experience
Graduate credit for a course requires a grade of B- or better. A
list of biology department undergraduate and graduate courses can be
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Students are formally admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. based upon satisfactory performance in course work, research, and teaching activities, and upon successful completion of a two-part qualifying procedure. The first part is a written comprehensive examination generally taken at the end of the second year. The second part is the writing and oral defense of a research proposal that is expected to be the basis of the student's doctoral thesis. After qualifying, usually by the beginning of the third year, the principal requirements for the Ph.D. are the completion of original and publishable research and the preparation and defense of a thesis dissertation based upon that research.
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