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Biological Sciences

Department Chair

Dr. Wendy Reed

Department Location

218 Stevens Hall

Telephone Number

(701) 231-7087

E-mail Address:

 ndsu.biological.sciences@ndsu.edu<//span>

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D., M.S.

Application Deadline

Review of graduate applications will take place: by October 1 for the subsequent Spring semester; by February 15 for the subsequent Summer or Fall semesters; by June 15 for the subsequent Fall semester.

Test Requirements

GRE (general)

English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL ibT 79
IELTS 6.5

Correspondence with one or more departmental faculty members before and during the application process is essential. For e-mail addresses for faculty members and for additional information about our programs, please visit our web site at http://www.ndsu.edu/biology/.

 

Program Description


The Department of Biological Sciences offers graduate study leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Master of Science degrees are available in Biology, Botany, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Natural Resources Management, and Zoology. Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available in Botany, Genomics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Natural Resources Management, and Zoology. Advanced work may involve specialized training in the following areas: aquatic biology, behavior, cell biology, comparative biochemistry and physiology, cancer biology, conservation biology, ecology, endocrinology, developmental biology, evolution, fisheries biology, molecular biology, plant biology, population biology, prairie pothole ecology, systematics, evolutionary ecology and wildlife biology.

Student research and academic programs are tailored to individual needs and interests. Interdisciplinary approaches to biological problems are encouraged.  Correspondence with one or more departmental faculty members before and during the application process is essential. For e-mail addresses for faculty members and for additional information about our programs, please visit our Web site at www.ndsu.edu/biology/

Admission Requirements


The graduate programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are open to all qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. To be admitted with full status to the program, the applicant must meet all Graduate School admission requirements.

Applications should be submitted directly to the Graduate School. Review of graduate applications will take place: by October 1 for the subsequent Spring semester; by February 15 for the subsequent Summer or Fall semesters; by June 15 for the subsequent Fall semester. 

Correspondence with one or more departmental faculty members before and during the application process is essential. For e-mail addresses for faculty members and for additional information about our programs, please visit our web site at http://www.ndsu.edu/biology/

Financial Assistance


Research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available. Applicants are considered on the basis of scholarship, potential to undertake advanced study and research, as well as financial need. A student must first be accepted by The Graduate School before consideration for financial assistance. Assistantships include a waiver of tuition.

In addition to research and teaching assistantships, there are other types of financial support. A limited number of State Board of Higher Education Scholarships and other fellowships are available through the Graduate School. Outstanding scholarship and financial need are primary considerations for these fellowships. Scholarships in specific areas are also available through the Department of Biological Sciences. These are generally supplemental and do not include tuition waivers. Students are considered for these awards after enrollment, with primary considerations being scholastic performance and research at NDSU. 

Degree Requirements


Students must select a major adviser prior to their arrival for graduate studies. 

The Master of Science program generally requires a minimum of 24 months of full-time study, during which an overall GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained. The Master of Science degree may be earned by either of two options. The thesis option emphasizes completion of a research project. The comprehensive study option requires more course work, and instead of conducting research and presenting a thesis, the candidate presents a paper or papers approved by the adviser to the examining committee, demonstrating ability for scholarly study and written expression. Candidates under both options must present a seminar on the thesis research or comprehensive study, and must pass an oral examination.

The Ph.D. program generally requires a minimum of 36 months of full-time study, during which an overall GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained. Candidates for the Ph.D. are required to take a preliminary written and oral examination directed to academic subject matter and a final defense of the dissertation.

Most students have selected a major adviser prior to their arrival for graduate studies; however, if a student has not made such a decision, then he/she must select a major adviser within nine months of beginning graduate school. By the end of the first year in residence, the student must select an advisory/supervisory committee. The committee advises/supervises the student and administers preliminary and final oral examinations. 

Research Facilities and Equipment


The Department of Biological Sciences occupies approximately 20,000 square feet of floor space in Stevens Hall for research and teaching. The NDSU Library has extensive holdings of journals, monographs, books, and other reference materials covering various fields in biology. The library offers full access to online catalogs and databases.

Faculty in the department have research programs ranging from molecular biology to ecosystem ecology and work with a wide variety of organisms across multiple levels of organization, from cellular mechanisms to ecosystem function. Modern equipment is available for conducting research in cell and molecular biology and field ecology and behavior. The department has access to a vascular plant herbarium with 240,000 specimens emphasizing Northern Great Plains flora, a lichen herbarium consisting of about 15,000 specimens with a worldwide representation of taxa, and a vertebrate collection with approximately 10,000 specimens.

The department offers access to a range of equipment and facilities necessary for laboratory research including greenhouses, animal rooms, growth chambers, tissue culture facilities, ultracentrifuges, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis, light microscopes, gas chromatography, GC-mass spectrometry, and high performance liquid chromatography. Facilities are available for protein and DNA sequencing; oligonucleotide synthesis; interactive laser cytometry; scanning transmission and electron microscopy, and confocal microscopy.

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Faculty

Julia H. Bowsher, Ph.D. 
Duke University, 2007 
Research Interests: Evolutionary and Developmental Biology of Insects

Malcolm G. Butler, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, 1980
Research Interests: Aquatic Ecology, Limnology, Fisheries, Water Quality, Wildlife Management

Gary K. Clambey, Ph.D.
Iowa State University, 1975
Research Interests: Ecology and Biogeography, Environmental Analysis and Planning, Structure Function Relations in Midwestern Ecosystems, Human Ecology

Mark E. Clark, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, 1996
Research Interests: Fish and Wildlife Ecology, Population Biology, Ecological Modeling, Quantitative Ecology 

Ned A. Dochtermann, Ph.D.
University of Nevada, 2009
Research Interests: Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology

Erin H. Gillam, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2007
Research Interests: Evolution and Behavioral Function of Communication Signals Using Bats as a Model 

Kendra J. Greenlee, Ph.D.
Arizona State University, 2004 
Research Interests: Comparative Physiology, Insect Respiration and Immunology 

Timothy J. Greives, Ph.D.
Indiana University, 2009
Research Interests: Hormones and Behavior, Seasonality, Biological Rhythms, Reproductive Eco-physiology 

Angela Hodgson, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 2010
Research Interests:  Ecosystem Biology and Wildlife Conservation Biology 

Donna L. Jacob, Ph.D.
University College Dublin, 2003 
Research Interests: Wetland Science, Biogeochemistry 

Jennifer L. Momsen, Ph.D.
Rutgers, 2007
Research Interests: Biology Education at the Undergraduate Level

Lisa M. Montplaisir, Ph.D.
University of Arizona, 2003
Research Interests: Science Education, Teaching and Learning, Curriculum Development

Marinus L. Otte, Ph.D. 
Vrije Universiteit, 1991 
Research Interests: Wetland Science, Biogeochemistry, Plant Ecophysiology 

Wendy L. Reed, Ph.D.
Iowa State University, 2000
Research Interests:  Physiological Ecology, Evolution of Life Histories, Maternal Effects

Katie M. Reindl, Ph.D
North Dakota State University, 2006 
Research Interests: Cancer Cell Biology, Identification and Validation of New Drug Targets

Mark A. Sheridan, Ph.D.
University of California-Berkeley, 1985
Research Interests:  Animal Physiology/Endocrinology; Control of Growth, Development, and Metabolism in Vertebrates, Especially Fish; Aquaculture; Signal Transduction; in vitro Diagnostics

Craig A. Stockwell, Ph.D.
University of Nevada, 1995
Research Interests:  Evolutionary Ecology of Vertebrate Populations, Conservation Biology, Fisheries Biology 

Steven E. Travers, Ph.D.
University of California-Santa Barbara, 1998
Research Interests: 
Plant Evolutionary Ecology

Emeritus

 

William J. Bleier, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University, 1975
Research Interests: Blackbirds, Animal Depredation, Avian Ecology 

Theodore L. Esslinger, Ph.D.
Duke University, 1974
Research Interests: Lichenology; Taxonomy, Chemosystematics, and Floristics of Lichens; Emphasis on the Parmeliaceae and Physciaceae 

James W. Grier, Ph.D.
Cornell University, 1975
Research Interests: Eagles and Other Birds of Prey, Herpetology, Aquatic Organisms, Fossils, Animal Population Dynamics, Habitat Ecology 

Gary L. Nuechterlein, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 1980
Research Interests:  Behavioral Ecology of Birds; Wildlife Ecology, Particularly of Non-game Species 

Adjunct

 

Laura Aldrich-Wolfe,  Ph.D.
Cornell University, 2006 

Michael J. Anteau,  Ph.D.
Louisiana State University, 2006 

Jeffrey T. Boyer, Ph.D.
University of Florida, 2010

Ned H. Euliss, Jr., Ph.D.
Oregon State University, 1989

Mark A. Hanson, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 1990

Douglas H. Johnson, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 1986

George M. Linz, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 1982 

Daniel C. McEwen,  Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2008 

David M. Mushet,  Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 2010 

Marsha A. Sovada,  Ph.D.
North Dakota State University, 1993 

Steve K. Windels,  Ph.D.
Michigan Technological University, 2008 

Brian Wisenden,  Ph.D.
University of Western Ontario, 1993


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Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
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