Students in Arizona wishing to study ecology and evolutionary biology have a few different school options throughout the state. These programs are available at the master's and doctoral levels and may offer ecology and evolutionary biology as a specialization or research area. Explore a few of the school options and the specific programs they offer.
Schools in Arizona with Graduate Programs in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona in Tucson is home to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program that offers a Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field, as well as an accelerated master's program. Students in the traditional MS program must complete 30 units of coursework and a master's thesis. The PhD program takes about 5 years to complete and requires qualifying exams, a dissertation and internship experiences within the department. The accelerated master's program is only available to current, University of Arizona undergraduates to allow them to finish their bachelor's and master's faster than taking each degree separately.
Arizona State University
Students at Arizona State University in Tempe who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in ecology and evolution can choose from an MS in Biology, Microbiology or Plant Biology and Conservation with a concentration in ecology or a PhD in Biology or Microbiology with a concentration in ecology. The traditional MS in Biology requires 30 credit hours and a thesis and allows students to participate in hands-on training and research opportunities in a particular research area, such as ecology, evolution and environmental science. The PhD program in Biology also allows for focused study in this research area and requires students to complete 84 credit hours and a dissertation. The PhD program also ensures funding for 5 years through research or teaching assistantships.
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff offers an MS in Biology with an emphasis in ecology, evolution and conservation biology or a PhD in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability with an emphasis in ecology, evolution and conservation biology. The MS program requires at least 32 credit hours and a thesis and allows students to work closely with a faculty mentor throughout the program. The PhD program requires seminar courses, a comprehensive exam and a dissertation. Students in the ecology, evolution and conservation biology specialization will further develop their research skills, management decision-making skills and learn how to develop sustainable policy in the field.
Common Entrance Requirements
Applicants need at least a bachelor's degree and usually a 3.0 GPA to apply to ecology and evolutionary biology graduate programs. These programs also usually require the GRE and some programs may require a specific score and/or require the GRE Biology Subject Test for students who have a bachelor's degree in a field outside of biology. Students pursuing a PhD may be required to find a potential faculty advisor before applying to the program. Typical supplementary application materials for these programs include transcripts, letters of recommendation a goal statement/statement of purpose and/or a resume.
Students in Arizona can usually pursue an MS or PhD in various areas of biology and focus their studies and/or research in ecology and evolutionary biology. Master's degree programs typically require around 30 credits and a thesis, while PhD programs are longer and require a dissertation.