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The Graduate Program

Programs of Study

The department offers graduate programs leading to the M.S and Ph.D. degrees. The M.S. degree is offered in many areas of biological study, including animal behavior, developmental biology, ecology, environmental science, evolution, genetics, microbiology, physiology and cellular and organismic biology. The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level credit, including course work and research leading to completion of a thesis.

The Ph.D. program offers specialized training in selected areas of biological science relevant to the research interests of individual faculty members. Through the University's Mervin Bovaird Center for Studies in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and the Oklahoma Biotechnology Network, students may participate in a wide range of research opportunities, including basic studies in molecular and cellular biology, glycobiology, genetics, developmental biology, and molecular systematics. The Ph.D. degree requires 72 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the baccalaureate and 42 hours beyond the master's level. The program is designed to provide its graduates with a strong common background in instrumentation, methodology, and conceptual frameworks.

Research Facilities

The department is housed in a building with modern
facilities and ample space for teaching and research. Laboratory resources include Hitachi Transmission and scanning electron microscopes, a flow cytometer, an AB1373 automated DNA sequencer, UV and confocal microscopes, computer controlled analytic imaging systems, real-time PCR systems, ultracentrifuges, scintillation and gamma counters, HPLC systems, tissue culture laboratories, and animal facilities. Several natural areas and preserves in the Tulsa area provide many opportunities for local field research.

The University's McFarlin Library and other libraries at educational institutions in Tulsa and vicinity round out the research and support facilities available to students and faculty members. The department also enjoys close ties with several medical, business, and private institutions, for research and financial support.

Financial Aid

Teaching and research assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to eligible candidates. Specific information and application forms for teaching and research assistantships, fellowships and scholarships may be found under Financial Asstance at the Graduate School website.

Cost of Study

In 2006-2007, tuition fees are $741 per semester hour, but students admitted to the program are usually given support to cover these


The University offers a variety of housing and dining options, some of which are specifically tailored to the needs of graduate students. Residence hall housing, modern market quality apartments, and remodeled traditional apartments priced competitively are all available to meet student housing needs. University Square Apartments (USA) feature predominantly 2 bedroom, 2 bath units, some with fireplaces and vaulted ceilings. USA rent includes the campus computer network connection, expanded basic cable television and telephones with message service. Contact Student Apartment Housing (918-631-5248) for information on pricing and availability. A variety of meal plan options are also available.

Student Group

Total enrollment at the University of Tulsa is over 4100, including 750 graduate students. The Department of Biological Science enrolls approximately 12 graduate students each year.


With a metropolitan population about 840,000, Tulsa is located in Oklahoma's Green Country at the edge of the Ozarks. The climate is moderate, with distinct seasonal variations and ample opportunity for outdoor recreational activity. The city supports a thriving business environment and cultural activities. The University of Tulsa is one of the largest private universities in Oklahoma. Through endowments and trusts of more than $800 million, the University supports its academic and research programs with state-of-the-art facilities and highly qualified faculty members.

The University

The University of Tulsa, originally founded in 1894 as Henry Kendall College, today is a major private university in the southwest, combining the advantages of the small college with those of the large university. It is known for its strong humanities-based undergraduate curriculum as well as for its biotechnology and energy technology programs. The University is composed of a graduate school plus four colleges that attract men and women from all over the United States and abroad. A building expansion plan began in 1998 with the opening of the Donald W. Reynolds Center, home to the TU Golden Hurricane Men's & Women's Basketball Teams. Next, ground was broken on the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex, a $30 million development that includes the Michael Case Tennis Center, a softball field, a soccer field, student apartments and most recently, a state-of-the-art health and fitness center for students that opened in the Fall of 2002. Most of the remaining older buildings have been renovated, preserving the traditional quality of the campus but also providing the advantages of modern facilities


Prospective candidates can obtain full application kits by writing to either address below. On-line applications are also accepted at
http://www.utulsa.edu/graduate. Official transcripts, a letter of intent, three letters of recommendation, and the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination are required.

Applicants should contact individual
faculty members as potential mentors. Deadline to apply for the following academic year is February 2.

Correspondence and Information

Dr. Harrington Wells
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Tulsa
600 South College Ave.
Tulsa, Oklahoma  74104
(918) 631-3071
  Graduate School
University of Tulsa
600 South College Ave.
Tulsa, Oklahoma  74104

(918) 631-2336
(800) 882-4723

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