University of Iowa

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

The Department encourages applications from talented and qualified students in biology and other related fields. Calculus, physics, organic chemistry or biochemistry, and basic courses in biology are required undergraduate prerequisites. Students accepted in previous years have averaged above 1200 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE General Test and had an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Many also have undergraduate or postgraduate research experience. Students are admitted primarily for the fall semester (August) but in special cases may be admitted at other times. Students notified of financial support by April 1 must accept or decline by April 15. Further information may be obtained by calling or writing to the Department's address or to any member of the faculty.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The graduate program in the Department of Biology provides students with the training they need to excel in academic or biomedical research careers. The program offers four core research tracks: cell and developmental biology, evolution, genetics, and neurobiology. These tracks provide students with a breadth of training in biology, with depth in a specific area of choice. The Department has 32 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, whose research covers a wide range of experimental systems, approaches, and disciplines. The Department of Biology values excellence in both research and teaching.

Entering graduate students also participate in a broad range of multidisciplinary courses and seminars. Second-year students begin their major thesis research, continue their seminar and course work, and have the opportunity to be undergraduate teaching assistants. At the end of the second year, students typically take a comprehensive exam, advancing them to full Ph.D. candidacy. Subsequent to the comprehensive exam, students focus primarily on their thesis for their remaining graduate career. Successful completion of the Ph.D. program usually takes four to six years in total and requires students to write and orally defend a dissertation of their own research.



The UI is evaluated by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education) which reaffirmed the University's accreditation in April 2008.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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