University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Ecology and Evolution Ph.D.


Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

  • Students the Ecology and Evolution Ph.D program must complete 60 semester credits of graduate-level coursework. As many as 20 may be dissertation (BIOB 699). The other 40 credits may include coursework, graduate seminars, or independent study (BIOB 596).
  • Students must complete a research seminar each year after the first.
  • Students must complete a dissertation proposal. This is generally completed by the end of their 2nd year. 
  • Students must complete comprehensive exams, both written and oral. These are generally completed by fall of their 3rd year. 
  • Students must complete a dissertation. 

Course Requirements

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 594Seminar in Biology (taken in the 2nd year)1
BIOB 505OBE Core Course - Genetics and Evolution4
BIOB 506OBE Core Course - Ecology4
Electives, Research, and Dissertation
Complete 51 credits of graduate-level courses, research, or dissertation. 51
Total Hours60