(Major Code: 04016) (SIMS Code: 771485)
The cooperating faculties of the Department of Biology, San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Graduate program in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOG) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) offer a joint program in evolutionary biology leading to the Ph.D. The research interests of the participating faculty cover a wide range of topics in evolutionary biology.
Undergraduate Preparation for Admission. Applicants for admission to the doctoral program must present evidence of adequate preparation and capacity for advanced work in evolutionary biology. Preparation should include a strong background in biology. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Acceptance of a student into the joint program by each institution depends on meeting the standards of admission of the respective institutions and by available facilities for research and instruction.
Residency Requirements. After formal admission to the joint doctoral program, the student must spend at least one academic year in full time residence on each of the two campuses. The definition of residence must be in accord with the regulations of the University of California, Riverside, and San Diego State University.
Advising Committee. At the start of the student’s first year in the program, the student will form a Guidance Committee. This committee will consist of four faculty members, two chosen from each institution. From SDSU, the committee must include the student’s prospective dissertation adviser and an additional, programmatically appropriate, member. From UCR, the committee members will be drawn from faculty within the EEOB graduate program. In consultation with the student, the Guidance Committee plans the student’s program through Advancement to Candidacy.
Course Requirements. The Guidance Committee works with the student to develop an individualized course of study and identify potential deficiencies. Students in the joint doctoral program will have similar requirements as students in UCR’s EEOB graduate program. Specifically, the joint doctoral students will take the Theory of Evolution (UCR Biol 216) and at least two disciplinary courses (see below; the two required disciplinary courses must cover different disciplines; at least one disciplinary course must be taken at UCR). In addition, the students will enroll in a current research topics seminar course during each UCR quarter or SDSU semester of residence. The majority of required course work should be completed prior to the Written Qualifying Examination, which is taken at the end of the second year. All required disciplinary courses (see below) must be completed before taking the Oral Qualifying Examination. An example of the required coursework and anticipated schedule for completion is presented below: