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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences

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Science Building, Room 338

Fax: 509-963-2730
    See Web site for how this program could be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Paul W. James, PhD

Daniel D. Beck, PhD, physiological ecology and herpetology
David M. Darda, PhD, evolutionary vertebrate morphology, herpetology
Kristina A. Ernest, PhD, terrestrial and community ecology
Paul W. James, PhD, ecology and fisheries biology
Sheldon R. Johnson, PhD, zoophysiology, mammalogy (emeritus)
Robert E. Pacha, PhD, microbiology (emeritus)
Stamford D. Smith, PhD, entomology (emeritus,)
Lixing Sun, PhD, behavioral ecology and evolution

Associate Professors
Tom R. Cottrell, PhD, plant ecology
Holly C. Pinkart, PhD, microbiology, microbial ecology
Mary E. Poulson, PhD, plant physiology
Linda A. Raubeson, PhD, evolutionary biology and genetics
R. Steven Wagner, PhD, conservation genetics and herpetological science

Assistant Professors
Lucinda Carnell, PhD, molecular behavioral genetics
Jason T. Irwin, PhD, animal physiology
James E. Johnson, PhD, mycology, systematics
Ian J. Quitadamo, PhD, science education, cell and molecular biology
Daniel J. Selski, PhD, developmental neurobiology
Gabrielle Stryker, PhD, microbiology, immunology, and parasitology

Clay Arango, PhD
Lucy Bottcher, PhD
Raymon Donahue, PhD

Jonathan Betz, instructional classroom support technician
Mary Bottcher, instructional classroom support technician
Darlene Boykiw, office assistant
Lee Longmore, engineering technician
Jody Scheffelmaier, science instructional technician
Kariann Taylor, secretary lead
Jeff Wilcox, engineering technician

Program Description
The graduate program in Biology is designed to provide training and expertise for those needing a terminal degree for entry-level biological science positions in state, federal, and tribal agencies, as well as for positions in private industry or teaching at the secondary or community college level. It serves other students by providing them with the skills and techniques required for further graduate study beyond the MS degree. Students considering further graduate study should work closely with their major advisor to design a program of coursework that meets the requirements for PhD programs. Graduate students in biology may tailor their program to emphasize a specific discipline within the biological sciences.

Admission is a two-step process. Applicants must first meet the general requirements for graduate study as determined by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, and then the specific requirements of the Department of Biological Sciences, which are:

  1. An undergraduate degree in biology or closely related field. Deficiencies in the student’s undergraduate training as determined by the Department of Biological Sciences at the time of admission to the program must be removed without graduate credit during the first year of graduate study.
  2. Students must submit GRE scores for the general test.
  3. International students for whom English is a second language must provide TOEFL scores to demonstrate English proficiency.
  4. Students must arrange for a graduate faculty advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences to serve as their major advisor.

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