Biological Sciences


Why study Biological Sciences?

The goals of the Department of Biological Sciences graduate program are to support and encourage students in their preparation for careers in research, health professions, industry, teaching, and stewardship agencies. Our graduate program is a research program, with specialties covering all levels of biological organization, including:

  • Molecular biology
  • Cell and microbial biology
  • Genetics
  • Animal and plant physiology
  • Animal behavior
  • Evolution and ecology
  • Environmental biology

We use comparative approaches to study both the evolutionary history and ecological consequences of biodiversity. These strengths complement and expand upon programs in Medicine and Engineering, and students are encouraged to draw upon the offerings of these academic units as part of their program of study.

Admission Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Unofficial College Transcripts used for admission review. Official transcripts required at time of enrollment. 
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Two letters of Recommendation 

Our program is a research graduate program, and all entering students are assigned a faculty advisor with whom they will begin research. Therefore, faculty evaluations of potential graduate students are important to decisions about admissions. We highly recommend contacting faculty members with whom you would be interested in working. Please review the tenure track faculty profiles and areas of research on the Biology Department web page to select and communicate with a potential faculty advisor. 

Our graduates go on to careers in a variety of professions, including in industry, as academic professors, as instructors in liberal arts colleges and high schools, naturalists, conservation professionals, and with local partners such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Cincinnati Zoo and Botancial Garden, and the Cincinnati Museum Center. 

Application Deadlines

January 1st for full financial consideration.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Danielle Petermann
PO Box 210006
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6241

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Program Code: 15DOC-BIOL-PHD