The department’s programs deal with a broad diversity of organisms, including bacteria, vascular and nonvascular plants, vertebrate and invertebrate animals, fungi, and protists. Concentrated fields of study include behavior, ecology, genetics, morphology and systematics. Research programs have relevance for global change, conservation biology and revealing fundamental mechanisms underlying the structural and functional adaptations of organisms.
GRE general test is required. Minimum Standards for Applicants: GRE and GPA statistics for the top 75 percent of students admitted for Fall 2016: mean undergraduate GPA was 3.68, mean GRE scores were above the 70th percentile in all categories.
The EBIO department only admits those students to whom it can offer support through teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships, unless the student is enrolled in the MA 2, nonthesis program (in which case, no support is guaranteed).