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Graduate Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Biology

Requirements for Admission
The equivalent of a UVM major or minor in a natural or physical science. Satisfactory scores on the Verbal and Math sections of the Graduate Record Examination.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy
Completion of one academic year in graduate study at The University of Vermont.

Minimum Degree Requirements
A total of 75 credits of course work and dissertation research, A minimum of 30 credits of course work must be in plant biology and supporting fields, and at least 20 credits must be in dissertation research. Satisfactory completion of a thesis and a comprehensive examination. In addition, each candidate must participate in six semester hours of supervised teaching.

Master of Science in Plant Biology

Requirements for Admission
The equivalent of a UVM major or minor in a natural or physical science. Satisfactory scores on the Verbal and Math sections of the Graduate Record Examination.

Minimum Degree Requirements
A total of 30 credits of course work and thesis research. A minimum of 15 credits of course work must be in plant biology and supporting fields, and at least nine credits must be in thesis research. Satisfactory completion of a thesis and a comprehensive examination.

Master of Science, Field Naturalist Option

Requirements for Admission
Enrollment is limited to a small number of mature, highly talented individuals who have demonstrated sustained interest in field aspects of the natural sciences (e.g. participation in environmental and conservation organizations, workshops, environmental education, research). An undergraduate or graduate degree in earth or life sciences is expected, as are strong scores on the Graduate Record Examination. A subject (advanced) test in biology or geology is advised for students who lack an undergraduate degree in natural sciences. Recent college graduates are encouraged to pursue interests outside academe before applying to the Field Naturalist Program.

Minimum Degree Requirements
A total of 30 credit hours to include at least two courses in each of three core areas: (1) life science, (2) earth science, and (3) ecology (course selection to be determined by the student's studies committee); Enrollment in the Field Naturalist Practicum (BOT 311) each semester; Oral comprehensive examination the fourth semester; Written field research project (BOT 392) at the end of the fourth semester.

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