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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Biology

department web page: www.uta.edu/biology/
department contact: www.uta.edu/biology/general/contact.html
graduate web page:
graduate contact:

Chair

Jonathan A. Campbell
337 Life Science
817.272.2871

Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses: BIOL

Areas of Study and Degrees

Biology
M.S.

Quantitative Biology
Ph.D.

Mathematical Sciences
Ph.D.
(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs.)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

Daniel Formanowicz
349 Life Science, 817.272.2422

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Arnott, Bacon, Campbell, Chrzanowski, Formanowicz, Frye, Hellier, McMahon, Neill, Robinson

Associate Professors

Bernard, Chippindale, Grover

Assistant Professors

Betran, Burleson, Gough, Marshall, Michalak, Passy, Roner, Smith, van Waasbergen, Wilk-Blaszczak

Professor Emeritus

Pyburn

Objective

The program leading to the degree of Master of Science in biology is designed to provide graduate education which will prepare students for vocations in industry, government, and teaching, and to pursue further graduate education leading to the doctorate. The doctoral program is designed to train students to apply sophisticated quantitative techniques to solving basic and applied problems in biology. Students in this program will attain substantially greater quantitative skills than in traditional doctoral programs in the biological sciences, providing them with a competitive advantage in business, industry, government, and academia.

Admission

Master of Science

Admission status in the Master of Science program is determined as follows:

Unconditional Admission

Decisions are based on consideration of all the information listed below and are not based on any single criterion alone.

  1. A Bachelor's degree in Biology or a Bachelor's degree in some other discipline with at least 12 hours of advanced level coursework (junior or senior level courses) in Biology.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants overall GPA in the Sciences and within Biology are also considered.
  3. A satisfactory score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam.
  4. Favorable letters of recommendation from at least three individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in graduate school.
  5. Evidence of previous research experience may also be considered.
  6. International students whose native language is not English must provide a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of at least 45.
Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria listed above.

Probationary Admission

If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UTA.

Deferred and Provisional Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Students that are unconditionally admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UTA in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission status in the doctoral program is determined as follows:

Unconditional Admission

Decisions are based on consideration of all the information listed below and are not based on any single criterion alone.

  1. A master's degree in Biology or at least 30 hours of graduate level coursework in Biology.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School. If an Applicant has a Master's degree, the GPA from their Bachelor's degree, as calculated by the Graduate School, will also be considered. If they have 30 hours of graduate coursework but no degree, the GPA from that 30 hours, as calculated by the Graduate School, will also be considered.
  3. A satisfactory score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam.
  4. Favorable letters of recommendation from at least three individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program in quantitative biology.
  5. Evidence of previous research experience including publications resulting from previous graduate work may also be considered.
  6. International students whose native language is not English must provide a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of at least 45.
Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria listed above.

Probationary Admission

The Department of Biology does not as a matter of course admit doctoral students on a probationary basis. Under exceptional circumstances, an applicant that does not meet the standards for unconditional admission outlined above, may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UTA.

Deferred and Provisional Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Students that have no provisional admission conditions to meet will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UTA in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Degree Requirements

Supporting work outside the student's major area may be taken in botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, microbiology, physics, and zoology. Approved courses in city and regional planning, civil engineering, environmental science and engineering, philosophy, psychology, and sociology may also be taken in support of the student's program. Subject to written approval by the Graduate Advisor and within the limitations stated in the General Graduate School Regulations, a student may take up to nine hours of coursework from among courses listed under Biology at the 3000 or 4000 levels.

Master of Science

Non-thesis and thesis options are offered. The non-thesis option is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers or those intending to enter the teaching profession. Students enrolled in the non-thesis option are required to complete 36 hours, including 24 hours of formal coursework in biology plus two hours of 5101, 5391, and sufficient additional hours to complete course requirements. Students enrolled in the thesis option are required to complete 30 hours, including 18 hours of formal coursework, two hours of 5101, 5698, and sufficient additional hours to complete degree requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Biology requires distinguished attainment both in scholarship and in research. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of a planned course of study, the ultimate basis for conferring the degree must be the demonstrated ability to do independent and creative work and the exhibition of a profound grasp of the subject matter within the field.

Foreign Language: Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language or in computer skills above that required for entry into the program.

Course Requirements: A total of 60 hours of coursework should normally be completed including 18 hours of required courses, 12 hours of electives, and 30 hours of seminar and research courses. All students in the program are required to take BIOL 5314 (Biometry), BIOL 5361 (Advanced Biometry), and BIOL 5362 (Experimental Design and Analysis). Students must take 9 hours from among the following courses in quantitative biology: BIOL 5305 (Techniques in Microbial and Molecular Genetics), BIOL 5306 (Bioenergetics), BIOL 5312 (Advanced Genetics), BIOL 5316 (Advanced Evolutionary Biology), BIOL 5326 (Wetlands Ecology), BIOL 5327 (Quantitative Ecological Analysis), BIOL 5328 (Landscape Ecology), BIOL 5333 (Biological Modeling), BIOL 5335 (Essentials of Genomics), BIOL 5336 (Molecular Evolution), BIOL 5337 (Behavioral Ecology), BIOL 5363 (Quantitative Approaches to Physiology), BIOL 5364 (Population Genetics), BIOL 5365 (Image Analysis), or BIOL 5367 (Theoretical Systematics). Twelve hours of electives may be selected by students under supervision of their dissertation committee from among courses listed below in the department's course offerings. Finally, 30 hours of seminars and research, including 9 hours of dissertation in the final semester (BIOL 6999), are required from among the following courses: BIOL 5101, 5200, 5291, 5391, 5193-5693, 5398, 5698, or 5998, or BIOL 6191, 6291, 6391, 6491, 6591, or 6691 (can be repeated for credit).

Animal Behavior Option: Study in the area of animal behavior is offered jointly by biology and psychology graduate programs. See Psychology section of the catalog.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Biology (BIOL)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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