Immerse yourself in the study of living organisms, conduct original research and prepare to succeed as a scholar or researcher.
A changing world demands scientists with advanced skills and the ability to solve problems. The Ph.D. in Biology at UND combines excellence in academics with world-class facilities and research opportunities to prepare you for a career in research or academics.
- Program type:
- Doctoral Degree
- Est. time to complete:
- 4-6 years
- Credit hours:
Why Study Biology at UND?
Some of today's most urgent problems are based in the biological sciences, including conservation and wildlife management on human-dominated landscapes, protection of endangered species, organismal and ecological responses to climate and landscape change, and relating phenotypic responses to genetic mechanisms. A Ph.D. in Biology from UND gives you the insights and knowledge to address those challenges.
At UND, you'll:
- Deepen your understanding of the major concepts of biology across all levels of biological organization.
- Master at least one sub-discipline, choosing from:
- Ecology, Evolution, Conservation Biology, and Wildlife
- Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
- Engage in the scientific process to create new knowledge.
- Master the technical skills necessary to making observations, gathering and analyzing data and testing hypotheses.
- Synthesize and communicate the results of your research.
The Ph.D. program is recognized as a Western Regional Graduate Program by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education — meaning that residents of the 13 western states may attend at resident tuition rates.
Learn and Lead at UND
Immerse yourself in high-level research at state-of-the-art facilities and in the field.
Conduct original, independent research and publish your findings in peer-reviewed outlets.
Work in state-of-the-art facilities including vertebrate and invertebrate museums, tissue culture facilities, molecular biology labs, four field stations and expansive landscapes of the northern plains.
Enjoy financial support from a teaching assistantship, research assistantship or fellowship/traineeship.
In a rapidly changing world, the demand for scholars and researchers with an advanced understanding of the biological sciences will continue to grow. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for post-secondary faculty in the biological sciences will grow much faster than the average through 2026.
Ph.D. students from the University of North Dakota go on to rewarding careers such as:
- Tenure-track teaching at colleges and universities
- Government research
- Research and developmental opportunities in industry
- Professional biology
UND Biology Alumni
Biology alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
- University of Minnesota
- Altru Health System
- Northland Community & Technical College
- Sanford Health
- Abbott Laboratories
Ph.D. in Biology Courses