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INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY


PROGRAMS

Biological Sciences (PhD)
Biological Sciences (MSc)

INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY: COURSES


THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE


In addition to the general requirements as set out in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations, the following requirements must be met by all students proceeding to the Ph.D. degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants with an honours degree in Biological Sciences or related field and who have been judged to be outstanding students may be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program. Applicants holding an M.Sc. degree or equivalent from the University of Windsor or from another recognized university or college may be admitted to the Ph.D. program with advanced standing in course work as described below.

Degree Requirements

Students may pursue one of the following fields within the PhD in Biological Sciences: 1) Molecular/Cellular Biology; 2) Ecology, Evolution, Environment, and Behaviour; and 3) Behaviour and Neuroscience.

Course Work: Students proceeding toward the Ph.D. degree will follow one of the programs given below:

1) Students proceeding directly to the Ph.D. from an Honours B.Sc. degree will be expected to:

(a) comply with the general regulations;
(b) attend all departmental seminars in Biological Sciences (formal presentations of visiting speakers; graduate student seminars, thesis defense presentations and dissertation defense presentations) each year of full-time registration;
(c) present a departmental seminar in each year of enrollment (the dissertation defense may count as one of these);
(d) successfully complete a minimum of three (3) graduate courses. With the approval of the Doctoral Committee, courses may be in a cognate area;
(e) complete a dissertation embodying the results of an original investigation;
(f) defend the dissertation at a public lecture or seminar.

Students recommended and approved for transfer into the Ph.D. program after having completed between 12 and 15 months and one course (1) with at least an A- grade of a M.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor will normally receive one credit during the M.Sc. program and require two more credits at the Ph.D. level for a total of three (3) courses.

2) Students entering into a Ph.D. program with an M.Sc. degree will be expected to:

(a) comply with the general requirements;
(b) attend all departmental seminars in Biological Sciences (formal presentations of visiting speakers, graduate student seminars, thesis defense presentations and dissertation defense presentations) each year of full-time registration;
(c) present a departmental seminar in each year of enrollment (the dissertation defense may count as one of these);
(d) successfully complete a minimum of two graduate courses which may be in a cognate area. With the approval of the Doctoral Committee, courses may be in a cognate area;
(e) complete a dissertation embodying the results of an original investigation;
(f) defend the dissertation at a public lecture or seminar.

Grading: A student must maintain at least a 70% in each course in Biological Sciences and at least a 70% average in any non-Biological Sciences courses. Any student whose performance is deemed unsatisfactory in course work or research will be asked to withdraw.

Doctoral Committee: Within the first term of the student's registration, the doctoral committee will be formed except for the external examiner, who is to be appointed during the student's final year of study/research. The full committee will consist of at least five members; one must be from outside the University, one from the University faculty but outside Biological Sciences, and three must be within Biological Sciences. The research advisor will act as chairperson of this committee. The student should meet with individual committee members on an informal basis at least twice a year.

The doctoral committee must meet for the following:

(a) to review and approve course work and the research proposal no later than six months into the program;
(b) to prepare and administer the comprehensive examination within the first two years of the student's registration in the program;
(c) to discuss the student's progress within two months after the comprehensive examination. (The extramural committee member need not participate.);
(d) to discuss the student's research and dissertation at least two months before the anticipated time of the final oral examination;
(e) the final oral examination.

Research Progress: Each year from the date of initial registration, the student must submit a Research Progress Report to and meet with his or her doctoral committee. In addition, the student must review his or her research in a meeting with the doctoral committee at least six months before the anticipated date of the final oral examination.

Dissertation: Six months before the anticipated date of the final oral examination the student must review the research and dissertation in a meeting with the committee.

A dissertation embodying the results of an original investigation in the student's major field is required of all candidates. The dissertation is expected to be of a quality suitable for publication in a refereed biological journal.

Examinations:

(a) Comprehensive Examination: The primary purpose of the Comprehensive Examination is to ensure that the student demonstrates both a reasonable mastery of the field of specialization, and knowledge of broader areas of Biology; it is designed to test the student's command of knowledge and ability to integrate that knowledge. This examination must be completed within two years of the student's initial registration in the program. Prior to the examination, the student will have provided the doctoral committee with a written proposal outlining the background, approach and general expectations of the intended research project; however the Comprehensive Examination is not intended to be, and should not be limited to, a defense of this proposal. The Comprehensive Examination will normally be an oral examination administered by the doctoral committee, and chaired by the Biological Sciences Graduate Coordinator (or designate). The student's Academic Advisor will communicate the results of the examination and any recommendations to the student, and to the Biology Graduate Committee. Following the Comprehensive Examination the doctoral committee may assign the student appropriate remedial or supplementary course work. Successful completion of the examination and any remedial studies or course work recommended by the doctoral committee is prerequisite to the student's admission to candidacy in the doctoral program.

(b) Finally, the student will be requested to defend the dissertation orally at a public lecture or seminar (final oral examination).


THE MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE

Admission Requirements

1) Applicants with an honours degree in Biological Sciences or a related field may be admitted to the Master's Candidacy (M2) program.

2) Applicants with a general B.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences or a related field may be admitted to the Master's Qualifying (M1) program.

3) For the Behaviour and Neuroscience field, agreement with a research supervisor for supervision will also be required.


Degree Requirements

Students may pursue one of the following fields within the MSc in Biological Sciences: 1) Molecular/Cellular Biology; 2) Ecology, Evolution, Environment, and Behaviour; and 3) Behaviour and Neuroscience.

1) Students admitted to the Master's Candidacy program will be expected to:

(a) comply with the general regulations;
(b) attend all departmental seminars in Biological Sciences (formal presentations of visiting speakers, graduate student seminars, thesis defense presentations and dissertation defense presentations) each year of full-time registration;
(c) present a departmental seminar in each year of enrollment (the thesis defense may count as one of these);
(d) successfully complete a minimum of two graduate courses with approval of the Master's Committee, courses may be in a cognate area;
(e) complete an original research project and embody it in a thesis;
(f) defend the thesis orally at a public lecture or seminar.

2) Students admitted to the Master's Qualifying program, besides meeting the minimum requirements of the Master's Candidacy program, are expected in the first year of the two-year program to achieve a level of qualification equivalent to an honours degree through research and a minimum of four courses.

3) Grading: A student must maintain at least a 70% in each Biological Sciences course and at least a 70% average in any non-Biological Sciences courses.

4) Master's Committee: Within one term of the student's registration in the program, the research committee will be formed and the names submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies. The full committee will consist of at least three members - the research supervisor, one other faculty member from within Biological Sciences, and one University faculty member from outside of Biological Sciences.

The student should meet with individual committee members on an informal basis at least twice a year. The committee, in turn, must meet to:

(a) review and approve course work and the research proposal no later than six months into the program;
(b) discuss the student's research and thesis at least six months before the anticipated time of the final oral examination;
(c) participate in the final oral examination.

Research Progress: Each year from the date of initial registration, the student must submit a Research Progress Report to and meet with his or her Master's committee. In addition, the student must review his or her research in a meeting with the Master's committee at least six months before the anticipated date of the final oral examination.

Research Thesis: A thesis embodying the results of an original investigation in the student's major field is required of all candidates. The student must defend the thesis orally at a public lecture or seminar, which will be the final oral examination.


Students may pursue one of the following fields within the MSc and PhD in Biological Sciences: 1) Molecular/Cellular Biology; 2) Ecology, Evolution, Environment, and Behaviour; and 3) Behaviour and Neuroscience.

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