Checklist of the Graduation Requirements to Finish the Ph.D.

Note:  It is the student’s responsibility to notify the EEB Graduate Program Coordinator (1) upon completion of the Research Skills requirement and (2) at least three to two weeks prior to both the comprehensive oral exam and dissertation defense to request departmental and College permission to schedule the events. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator early during the semester of anticipated degree completion to receive detailed instructions for completing remaining degree requirements and their deadlines.


  1. Coursework Requirements

    • Scientific Integrity in EEB (BIOL 805)
    • Statistics, such as Biometry I (BIOL 841), or equivalent knowledge
    • Core Topics in Current EEB Research (BIOL 801)
    • Minimum one credit Doctoral Dissertation (BIOL 999)
    • Other course requirements set by the PAM/RAC
  2. Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship (RS2; complete prior to oral exam)
  3. Graduate Studies residence requirement (two semesters of fulltime study prior to oral exam)
  4. Comprehensive oral exam for the doctorate (take within 4 semesters)
  5. Dissertation proposal (present at end of 5th semester, during 2nd RAC meeting)
  6. Two semesters of assistantships or other committee-approved experience
  7. Minimum tenure (e.g., three academic years of fulltime study or its equivalent)
  8. Final oral exam and dissertation presentation (dissertation defense)
  9. Apply to Graduate
  10. Dissertation Submission
    • For the College

      • Follow the instructions on your "My Graduation Checklist" Canvas site
    • For EEB
      • PDF copy of the dissertation to the EEB Graduate Program Coordinator
  11. Set up an in-person confidential exit interview with the Chair of EEB.