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Our innovative doctoral program includes the following key features:

  • Approximately four to five years from matriculation to Ph.D.
  • A broad representation of the biological sciences
  • A first year with course work and laboratory rotations in separate phases
  • Emphasis on the principles of scientific reasoning and logic as well as the importance of ethics and effective communication
  • Continued advanced course instruction throughout the graduate curriculum
  • Extensive mentoring and support in large part through our “two-tier” mentoring program


Alexander Gann

Message from Dean Alexander Gann

Welcome to the Watson School of Biological Sciences....

How the mouse got its stripes

How the mouse got its stripes

March 22, 2018

Dr. Hopi Hoekstra, Prof. of Zoology, Harvard University, spoke at the 21st Gavin G. Borden lecture about how the African striped mouse got is stripes...

Robert Aboukhalil

I chose to come here because of the atmosphere of scientific innovation, the sense of community and collaboration that exists among scientists.

Robert Aboukhalil
Graduating Class of 2016