To enter the program, applicants must be accepted by one of the Biology Subprograms, which include Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Neuroscience; and Plant Sciences. Admission is competitive, and only the strongest, most qualified students are admitted. Those admitted typically have outstanding undergraduate records in the sciences, highly positive letters of recommendations, and good GRE scores. Once a student is admitted to the program, specific requirements will depend on the chosen subprogram. All subprograms, however, require 60 credits (30 may be transferred for a previous Master's degree), a First Examination that is taken after one year, a Second Examination concerning, the thesis proposal, and a final Defense of Thesis. For Additional subprogram requirements, please see the Handbook for the Doctoral Program in Biology
All doctoral students must take the first exam in 1 of the four areas of the program. Exams from previous years are available through the Biology Program Office at the Graduate Center. As they are made available to us, we will also post them here as PDF downloadable files. To date, we have 3 of the exams in the Ecology Evolutionand Behavior program available.
1988 exam | 1997 exam | 1998 exam | 2000 exam