Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S.; Ph.D.
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Bioinformatics
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
  • Genetics, Cell, and Molecular Biology
  • Plant Pathology
Areas of Study
  • Ecology Evolution
  • Animal Behavior
  • Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics
  • Plant Biology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology

Biological Sciences

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Biological Sciences in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 565, Internet TOEFL 85
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Statement of purpose

Application Deadline

   Fall: December 15

Related Programs


The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) is the major unit in Nebraska responsible for comprehensive instruction in the basic biological sciences. Students are encouraged to develop personalized programs of study and research in the areas of ecology and evolution, behavior, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, parasitology, plant systems biology, and plant pathology. Specialized research infrastructures include animal facilities and the Nebraska Center for Virology.

The School of Biological Sciences also benefits from other core facilities administered by the Center for Biotechnology. In Western Nebraska, the Cedar Point Biological Field Station offers field courses and research opportunities. Individuals in the program may also utilize the resources of the Nebraska State Museum, including the Manter Parasitology Laboratory. In addition,the Center for Plant Sciences Innovation houses the Plant Sciences Program and offers a unique opportunity to study basic and applied aspects of plant biology.

Courses and More

Students in Biological Sciences are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

DNA Replication and Maintenance of Particular HPVs
Molecular Mechanism of mRNA Decay
Chromatin Structure and Gene Function
Influence of Energy Supply and Demand on Animal Behavior
Evolutionary, Behavioral, and Ecological Processes
Hyperthermophilic Archaea; Pathogenic Enteric Bacteria
Animal cognition and behavioral complexity, particularly with regard to issues of mental representation and cognitive evolution
Mathematical Modeling of Ecological Interactions
Host Immune Response to Viral Infections
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Regulation Gene Expression; Genomics; RNA Interference; Algal Biotechnolog; Renewable Biofuels
Membrane-Cytoskeleta Interaction; Membrane Protein Interactions
Plant Mitochondrial Genetics
Ecological and Evolutionary Energetics; Human Population Ecology; Body Size Evolution; Predator-Prey Ecology
     Research Assistant Professor
To understand the linkages between individual- and population-level responses to environmental stress and to use such understanding to improve ecological risk assessment and environmental management
Neotropical Rodents, Marsupials, and Parasites
Behavioral, Ecological, and Evolutionary Social Behavior
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Genetic and Physiological Factors of Drosophila Melanogaster
Evolution and Diversification of Animal Communication Systems
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Parasite Ecology
Animal Cognitive Abilities
Plant and Ecosystem Ecology
HIV; Transmission; Vaccine; Prevention
Bioinformatics; Molecular Evolution; Molecular Population Genetics
Mechanisms of Biological Adaptation; Atomic Description of Biological Macromolecules
Plant Viruses
Fungal Dimorphism; Quorum Sensing in Fungi; Bacterial Detergent Resistance; Microbial Insecticides
Gene Structure and Function in Plants
Natural Selection; Genetic Basis of Ecologically Important Traits
Lipid Metabolism, Transport, and Storage; Algal Biology; Fungal Biology; Metabolic Regulation; Biochemical Genetics; High-Throughput Screening
     Research Assistant Professor
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Plant Community Ecology
Elucidating the mechanisms of parent-offspring recognition and how this mechanism affects the process of coevolution between avian brood parasites and their hosts.
Genetic Basis of Adaptive Evolutionary Change
Invasion Ecology; Ecology of Populations; Decision Theory
Evolution of Animal Communication Systems
Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Physiology
Molecular Biology of HIV and Human Herpesviruses
Mall RNA Metabolism and Function
Physiological, Biochemical, Molecular, and Endocrine Bases of Adaptation
Computational Systems Biology; Bioinformatics; Plant Cell and Pathogens Interaction; Gene Protein Interaction Network
Functions and Regulations of IRF-7 in EBV Transformation; Interaction Between EBV and HHV8; Human Cancers

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