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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Integrative Biology (IBO)
with a Concentration in Physiology and Morphology (PMY)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 26.1399
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Integrative Biology Department (BIN)
4202 E. Fowler Ave SCA110
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Stephen Deban
Phone: 813-974-2242


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

Major Research Areas: Ecology and Evolution, Environmental and Ecological Microbiology, and Physiology and Morphology

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: November 30
Spring: July 1
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: November 30
Spring: July 1
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • It is expected that candidates for the PhD degree will have completed courses equivalent to those required for the B.S. in Biology at U.S.F.
  • 3.00 GPA last 60 hours of B.S. degree.
  • GRE: 70%V, 70%Q, 70% AW
  • Acceptance by a faculty member in the Department of Integrative Biology is mandatory. Students are expected to contact faculty via email to indicate an interest in the research being conducted in their laboratory. The Department will make every effort to pair potential graduate students with appropriate faculty.
  • All international students are required to submit the TOEFL test. Non-native English speaking graduate students must score a minimum of at least 570 on the paper based or a minimum total score of 88 on the internet-based test TOEFL and at least 50 on the TSE to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.
  • On Campus Interview
  • Personal Statement

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

Additional Structured Coursework6 hoursAn additional six hours of structured coursework is required. The structured courses are listed below for each of the three concentrations. The Major Professor and Graduate Committee may approve courses from outside the Department to satisfy this requirement. Doctoral students typically will take 20-25 semester hours of coursework selected from the lists of courses presented below. The remainder of the required 90 hours is obtained through research credits.
Total Minimum Hours90 hours post-bacc
The graduate student, major professor and Graduate Committee will establish the specific course requirement for each graduate student. Every graduate student must satisfy minimum course requirements. The Graduate Committee consists of four individuals; three must be members of the Integrative Biology Department.
Core Requirements8 hours
PCB 6456C Biometry I4
BSC 6932 Lectures in Contemporary Biology (1) take 4 times4
Enrollment in this course is required during four semesters of residency
Students select from one of the following Concentrations:
A minimum of two courses selected from the list below for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
Any course approved by the Graduate Committee.
BSC 5931 Conservation Biology3
BOT 5185 Marine Botany4
PCB 6455 Statistical Ecology3
PCB 6458 Biometry II3
BSC 5931 Comparative Approaches in Evolution3
PCB 6426 Population Ecology3
ZOO 5463 Herpetology4
ZOO 5456 Ichthyology4
BSC 6932 Advances in Population Biology1
BSC 6932 Advances in Ichthyology1
BSC 6932 Advances in Herpetology1
BSC 6932 Advanced in Marine Ecology1
BSC 6932 Scientific Writing2
BSC 6932 Restoration Ecology3
BSC 6447 Community Ecology3
PCB 6933 Seminar in Ecology(variable credit)
A minimum of two courses selected from the list below for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
Any course approved by the Graduate Committee.
MCB 5206 Public Health and Pathogenic Microbiology3
MCB 5655 Applied and Environmental Microbiology3
PCB 5235 Principles of Immunology3
MCB 6930 Seminar in Applied and Ecological Microbiology1
PCB 6525 Molecular Genetics3
BSC 5931 Genomics4
PCB 6455 Statistical Ecology3
PCB 6458 Biometry II3
BSC 6932 Scientific Writing 2
BSC 6932 Advances in Environmental Ecology1
A minimum of two courses selected from the list below for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
Any course approved by the Graduate Committee.
PCB 6458 Biometry II3
BSC 6932 Scientific Writing2
ZOO 5463 Herpetology4
ZOO 5456 Ichthyology4
ZOO 54xx Ornithology3
PCB 5256 Developmental Biology3
BSC 6932 Physiological Ecology3
BSC 6932 Advances in Physiology1
BSC 6932 Ecoimmunology3
BSC 5931 Comparative Approaches in Evolution3
BSC 5931 Ecological and Functional Morphology3
Qualifying Exam
All students in the IB PhD degree must complete a qualifying examination. Successful completion of the preliminary doctoral examination by the end of the 4th semester. The exam consists of 3 parts:
    1.Dissertation proposal
    2.Seminar/presentation of proposal
    3.Defense of dissertation proposal
Admission to Candidacy
The doctoral student is eligible for admission to candidacy after completing structured course requirements, passing the qualifying examination and approval by the supervisory committee. Appropriate forms to document promotion to candidacy must be completed and to the Graduate School. Following admission to candidacy, a student must enroll in BSC 7980 when engaged in research, data collection, or writing activities relevant to the doctoral dissertation. Advisors should assign the number of credits in this course in accordance with policy and appropriate to the demands made on faculty, staff, and University facilities, but in no event will the total number of earned dissertation credits be fewer than 16. Students not admitted to candidacy are not eligible to enroll in BSC 7980.
Dissertation Requirement24 hours minimum
BSC 7980 Dissertation 24
Doctoral Seminar and Defense.
All doctoral students must present a public seminar to the IB Department and must be enrolled in BSC 7980, during the semester in which the seminar is given. The seminar should be a concise summary of the research completed to satisfy the requirements for the Ph.D. The seminar is open to the general public and must be announced two weeks prior to the presentation. Upon completion of the seminar, the general public will be invited to ask questions. At the discretion of the student's graduate committee, members of the committee may continue to question the graduate student after the general public has departed the seminar room. Each student is expected to defend his/her research to the unanimous satisfaction of the graduate committee. Following the defense, students will make any editorial modifications to the dissertation as recommended by the supervisory committee and submit the dissertation to the Graduate School.
Submission of a doctoral research proposal must be approved l by the Major Professor, Graduate Committee, and Graduate Director. Successful completion of the dissertation proposal, presentation of a dissertation seminar and passing the doctoral examination enables the student to become a doctoral candidate. Submission of an acceptable dissertation, presentation of the doctoral seminar (BSC 7936) and successful defense of the dissertation enable the student to obtain the Ph.D. Degree.
    Presentation requirement:
    Two presentations, excluding the doctoral seminar and defense are required. Students are expected to present posters or oral presentations based on their dissertation research at two national/regional professional meetings. The Graduate Committee must approve the presentation.

    Publication requirement:
    One research paper must be submitted for publication to a refereed scientific journal by the date of the Doctoral Seminar and Defense. The paper may be sole or coauthored, but it must be based on the dissertation research. The student's supervisory committee must approve the paper prior to submission. The Graduate Committee must approve the journal to which the paper is submitted.

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