Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

BIOLOGY

Overview
The Biology Graduate Program offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biology, but doctoral training is strongly emphasized. Although we welcome applications from students who have completed a Master’s degree, Master’s training is not a prerequisite for applying to our doctoral program. Applicants are selected for admission based on their overall academic record and on their expressed interest in research areas corresponding to individual faculty or graduate program training areas.
Training
Graduate students are trained through a combination of formal coursework and research experience. Research training consists of work on a research project under the guidance of one of our faculty. The specific research project is chosen in consultation with the faculty mentor and typically is closely related to the research interests of that lab. Coursework depends on the area of specialization and is determined with input from the faculty mentor and student’s advisory committee. All students must complete a set of common requirements for the Biology Graduate Program, including seminar courses, research, a qualifying exam (for Ph.D. candidates), and defense. Additional coursework is dependent upon which training program students select. The training programs are Environmental and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), and Tailored Training (TT).
Environmental and Evolutionary Biology Training Program
The Environmental and Evolutionary Biology group supports education and research on the interactions between organisms and their environment from an evolutionary (historical) perspective. This includes the study of evolutionary processes, the adaptations of individual organisms (including many aspects of behavior such as survival and reproductive value, developmental processes, and physiological and neurobiological mechanisms), predator-prey and competitive interactions, and community and ecosystem relationships. Faculty conduct research exploring both basic underlying principles and specific applied consequences of ecological interactions. The group’s core philosophy is that major advances in understanding how organisms evolve and function in changing ecosystems are achieved by interdisciplinary communication, which stimulates new collaborations involving diverse conceptual and methodological approaches.
Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Program
The faculty and students of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Program of the Department of Biology seek a molecular understanding of fundamental biological processes such as gene expression, reproduction, and development. We use cellular, genetic, and molecular techniques to analyze diverse biological systems including viruses, fungi, cultured cells, and complex animals. Faculty and students interact closely within the Molecular and Cellular Biology group to maintain a cooperative research atmosphere. Faculty and students also interact with colleagues in the Colleges of Agriculture and Medicine and in the Graduate Center for Toxicology. Entering students rotate in individual laboratories, usually selecting a thesis laboratory near the end of the first year. Students participate in group research and literature seminars as well as formal course work, which is tailored to each student’s needs. The faculty prepare students for research careers in academic or industrial biology.
Tailored Training
The Tailored Training program is the option that provides the greatest curricular flexibility. The principal difference between Tailored Training and training in the MCB and EEB programs is that there are no set course requirements, other than the minimum requirements set by the Biology Graduate Program. The mentor and advisory committee work together with the student to customize a curriculum that best suits the needs, interests, and goals of the student. This may be particularly advantageous for students whose primary interests encompass areas outside of or across the other training programs. The curriculum is unique to each student, but not isolating. The student is encouraged to participate in relevant seminars, journal clubs, or other activities attended by students in the MCB and EEB training programs, School of Medical, or College of Agriculture; none of these are restrictive. Students admitted through the Tailored Training option enter the Biology Graduate Program directly into the lab of their research mentor. Applicants interested in admission through this mechanism should contact the faculty member with whom they wish to train and also indicate their lab of choice in the Biology application. Faculty members offering Tailored Training will indicate this option on their web page.
Financial Support
Full financial support is offered to students accepted for graduate admission who are not otherwise funded (see graduate student support). Support includes teaching assistantships and fellowships provided by the university and the biology department, research assistantships generated by individual research grants, and interdisciplinary traineeships and fellowships. Several of our current students hold their own National Science Foundation Fellowships or individual grants from other governments.
Admission Requirements
Anyone with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university may apply for admission to the Biology Graduate. Program. Applicants are generally expected to have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0), a combined verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination score of at least 1100, and (for non-native English speakers) a TOEFL score of at least 550 on paper based test or 213 on CBT or 79 on Internet-based test (iBT). Our GRE instituition code is 1837, Department Code is 0206.
Prerequisite college-level coursework includes one year of physics, two years of chemistry, one semester of calculus, one year of general biology, and upper-level courses providing a working knowledge of contemporary biology. A student may provisionally enter the program without having completed all of these, but any remaining prerequisites must then be completed before a degree can be awarded.
Application forms and detailed information about the Biology Graduate Program can be found at http://as.uky.edu/Biology/gradprog.htm. Inquires should be directed to:

Staff Coordinator
Biology Graduate Program
101 Morgan Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0225
(859)257-2729 or 1-800-313-2465
E-mail batau10@uky.edu

GRADUATE COURSES

BIO 430G PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (3)

BIO 452G LABORATORY IN ECOLOGY (2)

BIO 494G IMMUNOBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 494G) (3)

BIO 502 PRINCIPLES OF SYSTEMS, CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR PHYSIOLOGY (SAME AS PGY 502) (5)

BIO 508 EVOLUTION (3)

BIO 510 RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNIQUES LABORATORY (4)

BIO 520 BIOINFORMATICS (SAME AS INF 520) (3)

BIO 529 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (3)

BIO 530 BIOGEOGRAPHY AND CONSERVATION (SAME AS GEO 530) (3)

BIO 535 COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR (SAME AS PGY 535) (3)

BIO 542 HISTOLOGY (5)

BIO 550 COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY (3)

BIO 551 PLANT AUTECOLOGY (4)

BIO 553 FISH BIOLOGY (4)

BIO 555 VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (5)

BIO 556 COMMUNICATION BIOLOGY (3)

BIO 559 ORNITHOLOGY (4)

BIO 560 ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY (SAME AS TOX 560) (4)

BIO 561 MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY (SAME AS ENT 561) (4)

BIO 564 INSECT TAXONOMY (SAME AS ENT 564) (4)

BIO 565 LIMNOLOGY (4)

BIO 567 APPLICATIONS OF GENETICS (SAME AS ENT 567) (4)

BIO 568 INSECT BEHAVIOR (SAME AS ENT 568) (3)

BIO 570 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (4)

BIO 571 ALGOLOGY (4)

BIO 573 MYCOLOGY (4)

BIO 575 PLANT ANATOMY AND MORPHOLOGY (4)

BIO 582 VIROLOGY (3)

BIO 595 IMMUNOBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 595) (2)

BIO 601 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR GENETICS (SAME AS BCH/MI/PLS/PPA 601) (1)

BIO 605 EMPIRICAL METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (SAME AS ENT/FOR 605) (2)

BIO 606 CONCEPTUAL METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (SAME AS ENT/FOR 606) (3)

BIO 607 ADVANCED EVOLUTION (SAME AS ENT/FOR 607) (2)

BIO 608 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND LIFE HISTORIES (SAME AS ENT/FOR 608) (2)

BIO 609 POPULATION AND COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (SAME AS ENT/FOR 609) (2)

BIO 611 BIOPATHOLOGY (SAME AS MI 611) (3)

BIO 612 BIOLOGY OF AGING (SAME AS ANA/GRN/PGY 612) (3)

BIO 613 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS PSY/ENT/PGY/ANA 613) (2)

BIO 614 TECHNIQUES IN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (2)

BIO 615 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (SAME AS MI/BCH 615) (3)

BIO 618 MOLECULAR NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI/ANA/PGY 618) (4)

BIO 620 PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (SAME AS PLS 620) (3)

BIO 621 TOPICS IN MODERN BIOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

BIO 622 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS I (SAME AS PLS/FOR 622) (3)

BIO 623 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS II (SAME AS PLS/FOR 623) (3)

BIO 625 INSECT-PLANT RELATIONSHIPS (SAME AS ENT 625) (3)

BIO 632 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY I (3)

BIO 633 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY II (3)

BIO 635 INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND INTERNAL MORPHOLOGY (SAME AS ENT 635) (4)

BIO 638 DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS ANA/PGY/PSY 638) (3)

BIO 650 ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY (SAME AS PGY 650) (2)

BIO 665 INSECT ECOLOGY (SAME AS ENT 665) (3)

BIO 684 PHYLOGENETIC SYSTEMATICS (SAME AS ENT 684) (3)

BIO 685 ADVANCED IMMUNOBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 685) (3)

BIO 707 CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN IMMUNOLOGY (2)

BIO 720 MICROBIAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (SAME AS MI/OBI 720) (4)

BIO 740 MAMMALIAN RADIATION BIOLOGY (SAME AS RM 740) (2)

BIO 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

BIO 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

BIO 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

BIO 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

BIO 770 SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1)

BIO 772 SEMINAR IN MICROBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 772) (0-1)

BIO 773 SEMINAR IN PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (SAME AS PLS 773) (1)

BIO 782 ADVANCED VIROLOGY (SAME AS VS 782) (3)

BIO 790 MENTORING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY (1)

BIO 795 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY (1-9)

BIO 798 RESEARCH IN MICROBIOLOGY (SAME AS MI 798) (1-9)

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